Britain

Tories Scrap Plan To Cut Taxes For Britain’s Wealthy

The Associated Press reports: The British government on Monday dropped plans to cut income tax for top earners, part of a package of unfunded cuts unveiled only days ago that sparked turmoil on financial markets and sent the pound to record lows. In a dramatic about-face, Treasury chief Kwasi Kwarteng abandoned plans to scrap the top 45% rate of income …

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Thiel Company Had Plan To “Buy Into” Britain’s NHS

Bloomberg News reports: Palantir Technologies had a secret plan to deepen its relationship with the UK’s National Health Service without public scrutiny. The US data-analytics company aimed to buy up smaller rivals that already had an existing relationship with the NHS, according to emails and strategy documents seen by Bloomberg. This approach would hopefully allow Palantir to avoid further scrutiny …

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British Pound Slides To Record Low Against US Dollar

Reuters reports: Sterling crashed to a record low early on Monday as traders rushed for the exits on mounting concern that the new government’s economic plan will stretch Britain’s finances to the limit. The British pound’s searing drop helped lift the safe-haven U.S. dollar to a new two-decade peak against a basket of major currencies, while the euro hit a …

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Queen’s Corgis Greet Coffin’s Arrival At Windsor Castle

People Magazine reports: Queen Elizabeth’s beloved corgis were on hand to say their goodbyes. The late monarch’s two dogs stood with aides to welcome her coffin to Windsor Castle ahead of the committal service for the Queen on Monday. Earlier that day, they were also seen going for a walk inside Windsor Castle. An avid dog lover, the Queen was …

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LIVE VIDEO: State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II

NBC News reports: Hundreds of world leaders have gathered, billions are thought to be watching around the world and the final members of the epically long line of mourners have paid their final respects. Britain is now ready to lay to rest its longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, marking the end of a reign that defined an era. The royal …

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Bidens Pay Respects To Queen At Westminster Hall

The Washington Post reports: Thousands of people lined up through the night in the chilly weather on Sunday along the River Thames to pay their final respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, as she lies in state at Westminster Hall. Her eight grandchildren — among them Princes William and Harry — briefly stood vigil at her coffin last night. President Biden …

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Man Arrested After Rushing Queen Elizabeth’s Coffin

Deadline reports: Police have arrested a man who broke away from the queue of mourners in Westminster Hall, and ran towards Queen Elizabeth’s coffin, where he pulled at the flag. The incident, which happened on Friday evening, shocked spectators who had been waiting for up to 12 hours to view the late Queen’s casket in the ancient hall. Photos acquired …

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Truss To Meet With Biden Ahead Of Queen’s Funeral

Politico Europe reports: U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss will meet U.S. President Joe Biden this weekend as the pair prepare for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London. The U.S. President is one of numerous heads of state descending on London for the global event who has booked some one-on-one time with the new U.K. PM. The pair will …

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London Excuses Biden From Taking The Bus To Funeral

The Times Of London reports: President Biden will have dispensation to take his armoured Beast to Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral next week, while lesser world leaders will have to make do with a shared bus. A unprecedented logistical and diplomatic operation is under way to prepare for the largest gathering of foreign dignitaries on British soil since the …

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London: No Private Jets Allowed For Queen’s Funeral, Only Heads Of State And Their Spouses Are Invited

Politico Europe reports: Foreign heads of state and their spouses heading to London for the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II have been asked to arrive in the U.K. on commercial flights and banned from using helicopters to get around. World leaders have also been told they cannot use their own state cars to attend the funeral at Westminster Abbey …

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King Addresses Parliament For First Time As Monarch

Reuters reports: King Charles called Britain’s parliament the “living and breathing instrument of our democracy” and pledged to follow his late mother Queen Elizabeth’s example in maintaining its independence in an address to both chambers on Monday. Charles arrived at Westminster Hall in London to a fanfare of trumpets with his wife Camilla, Queen Consort, for the address – part …

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Biden Formally Accepts Invitation To Queen’s Funeral

The Associated Press reports: President Joe Biden has formally accepted an invitation to attend the state funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II. The White House said Sunday that the president will be accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden. The service will be held on Sept. 19. Earlier in the day, Biden remembered the words of comfort that the late monarch …

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Queen’s Corgis To Go To Duke And Duchess Of York

CNN reports: Queen Elizabeth II’s corgis will live with the Duke and Duchess of York, Andrew and Sarah, a source close to the Duke of York told CNN on Sunday. The pair, who divorced in 1996, both reside at the Royal Lodge on the Windsor estate. The source told CNN that the Duchess bonded with the monarch over a shared …

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London Faces Logistical Challenge For Queen’s Funeral

Politico Europe reports: The preparations for the funeral represent a colossal logistical, security and diplomatic task, with tens of thousands of people expected to travel to London over the coming days. Foreign embassies are already handling hundreds of calls from private citizens enquiring whether it would be possible to land in the capital on the same day of the funeral, …

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Scottish Crowds Line Streets As Glass-Topped Hearse Carries Queen’s Coffin From Balmoral To Edinburgh

The Hill reports: Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin left Balmoral Castle early Sunday, traveling through Scotland on the first leg of a journey that will culminate in her funeral in London next week. The royal family said the queen’s coffin was accompanied by Princess Anne, Elizabeth’s daughter, and Anne’s husband, Sir Tim Laurence. “The wreath on the coffin features Dhalias, Sweet …

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King Charles Formally Proclaimed Monarch Of Canada, New Zealand, And Australia In Separate Ceremonies

Reuters reports: King Charles was officially proclaimed head of state of both Australia and New Zealand at ceremonies on Sunday in the nations’ capitals. In New Zealand, the proclamation of Charles as monarch, taking over from Queen Elizabeth who died on Thursday aged 96, took place in the parliament in Wellington. Speaking from parliament’s steps, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said …

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Palace Announces Queen’s Funeral Will Be Sept. 19th

The BBC reports: The Queen will lie in state for four days before her funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, 19 September. The public will be allowed to view the coffin during that time. Before this, the Queen will be at rest in St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh, for 24 hours from Monday 12 September, with people able to pay their …

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King Charles Formally Proclaimed Monarch By Council

The BBC reports: Charles III has praised the Queen’s “unequalled reign” after being proclaimed king at a ceremony at St James’s Palace. King Charles became the monarch after the death of his mother, but a meeting formally confirmed it on Saturday. He also approved the day of the Queen’s funeral being a bank holiday, though it is not known what …

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Biden Gets To Decide If Trump Attends Queen’s Funeral

CNN reports: Former presidents are not expecting to receive individual funeral invitations from Buckingham Palace, according to two people familiar with protocol, with the expectation that the US will get one official invitation through the White House. This means Biden will ultimately decide who will join his official delegation to the funeral ceremonies in the United Kingdom. No decisions will …

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Putin Praises Queen Elizabeth, Won’t Attend Funeral

The New York Post reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin joined a chorus of world leaders who have been paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, calling her death an “irreparable loss.” But the Russian strongman’s words of sympathy immediately drew jeers. In a letter to Britain’s new monarch, King Charles III, the Kremlin strongman said the Queen “rightfully enjoyed the love …

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