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June 9, 1992
Elizabeth II, Queen of England, begins her first official visit to France in 20 years today with a royal welcome by French President Francois Mitterrand and a motorcade down the Champs Elysees. The queen, who often vacations in France, last made a state visit in 1972. During this week's four-day stay, she will dine at the Elysee Palace, visit a Henry Moore sculpture exhibition, ride on a high-speed train and relax on the royal yacht Britannia in the port of Bordeaux.
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WORLD
December 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II launched her own video site on YouTube, featuring old news reels and film snippets of daily royal life. Buckingham Palace said the 81-year-old monarch keeps up with new ways of communicating with people and was hoping to reach a wider, younger audience. The palace plans to add new clips regularly on the official Royal Channel, and the queen's televised Christmas message will be available on the website.
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NEWS
May 22, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Queen Elizabeth II, the first British monarch to set foot on Texas soil, visited the Alamo at San Antonio to see where defenders died in the famous battle against Mexican forces. The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, then toured San Antonio's River Walk by barge. They were cheered by hundreds of flag-waving people waiting outside the Alamo and cheered again by hundreds along the river. After the two-hour stop in San Antonio, the royal couple went to Dallas.
WORLD
June 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
In a showcase of Britain's best pomp and pageantry, soldiers in scarlet tunics and bearskin hats marched in formation to celebrate the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The queen turned 81 on April 21. But one of the many perks of wearing the crown is a second, official birthday in June, marked with the annual Trooping the Color parade. Thousands lined the parade route to catch a glimpse of the royals.
NEWS
July 5, 1990 | Associated Press
Burmese, familiar to millions as Queen Elizabeth II's favorite ceremonial horse, died after suffering a stroke, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday. The horse was 28. The jet black mare, ridden by the monarch in 18 Trooping the Color ceremonies, died Tuesday at Windsor Palace, 22 miles west of London, and will be buried in adjacent Windsor Home Park, the palace said. Burmese was given to the queen by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1969.
NEWS
May 19, 1991 | From United Press International
Queen Elizabeth II became an honorary citizen of the Florida Keys during a visit Saturday to a remote island fort in the Gulf of Mexico. Monroe County Mayor Wilhelmina Harvey, a 79-year-old scuba diver, gave the British monarch a Queen conch shell to commemorate the occasion. "It's the prettiest of all the conch species," Harvey said. The royal yacht Britannia was anchored a few hundred yards off the coral rock island, part of the Dry Tortugas chain some 70 miles west of Key West.
NEWS
May 21, 1991 | From Associated Press
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, America's Gulf War hero, formally became Britain's as well Monday when Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honorary knighthood on him. "It was marvelous. She is a lovely lady. She just said: 'I would like to present you with this medal,' " the commander of Operation Desert Storm said after the private ceremony. "I think they go out of their way to make sure people like me don't get nervous." The royal entourage later flew to Texas.
NEWS
July 10, 1993 | Reuters
Queen Elizabeth II tried her hand at target practice on the British army's firing range Friday and suggested she had the makings of a crack shot. The 66-year-old British sovereign fired an army rifle for the first time during a tour of a practice range at Bisley, in southern England, and came close to scoring a bull's-eye with the military's new SA-80 rifle, Army Rifle Assn. officials said. Her single shot hit near the edge of the center of the target.
NEWS
November 25, 1992 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the 40th anniversary of her accession to the throne, Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday branded 1992 a "horrible year" and, adopting a rare personal tone, called for a less savage treatment of the embattled Royal Family by the British media.
SPORTS
June 12, 1992 | JAY HOVDEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Her Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, won't be forgetting the 1992 English Derby for quite a while. Not since those Americans hit the scene. A die-hard horse racing fan, the Queen rarely misses a "Darby" at historic Newmarket. But this one became something special when Dr Devious, owned by Sid and Jenny Craig of Del Mar, came galloping home in front in the 1 1/2-mile classic last week. Later, in her private box, the Queen was promised two free breeding privileges to Dr Devious.
NATIONAL
May 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to American soldiers with a trip to the National World War II Memorial, winding up her six-day U.S. trip. Later in the day, she concluded her visit by sharing a toast with President Bush to celebrate the close alliance of Britain and the United States. During her trip to the World War II memorial, the queen was accompanied by the president's father, former President George H.W. Bush, a veteran of the war, and his wife, Barbara.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The queen won't be meeting "The Queen" just yet. Helen Mirren, who won an Academy Award this year for playing Queen Elizabeth II, has turned down an invitation to dinner at Buckingham Palace, a British newspaper reported. The Mail said Mirren had been invited to dine with the queen last week but sent her regrets because she is filming "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" in the United States.
NATIONAL
May 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in the evening for the last leg of her six-day visit to America, after a largely private visit to Kentucky, where she attended her first Kentucky Derby. The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, are to attend a state dinner at the White House tonight, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said. They will leave for London on Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Annie Leibovitz will take the official photograph for Queen Elizabeth II's state visit to the United States, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday. The photograph will be shot at the palace in the next few days. It will be released the day before the queen leaves for a six-day visit to the United States in early May, the palace said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Helen Mirren, who won the best actress Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen," may be invited to tea, Buckingham Palace said Monday. The film's director, Stephen Frears, has already suggested that he, Mirren and screenwriter Peter Morgan would visit the queen at the palace next month. "It is speculation, but we are looking at a number of options," a palace spokeswoman said Monday. As for Mirren's victory, "I'm sure that the queen will be pleased," the palace spokeswoman said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A painting owned by Queen Elizabeth II that languished for years in a dusty storeroom has been identified as the work of Italian master Caravaggio and will go on display at Buckingham Palace, royal art officials said Friday. Desmond Shawe-Taylor, whose title is surveyor of the queen's pictures, said that the work had been identified by experts as "The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew," one of about 50 surviving works by the Renaissance master.
NEWS
May 27, 1991 | Associated Press
Queen Elizabeth II said goodby to her Kentucky hosts, thanked her police motorcycle escorts and waved to 100 spectators Sunday, then boarded a plane home to England. The British monarch wrapped up her visit to the United States by spending some private time. She toured horse farms in Kentucky after highly publicized appearances with Prince Philip in Washington, D.C., Florida and Texas. They arrived May 14. After Texas, Philip returned to England.
NEWS
November 23, 1988 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
In a spectacle as old as Britain's democracy and as contemporary as strategic arms talks, Queen Elizabeth II outlined an ambitious and controversial legislative agenda here Tuesday as she formally opened a new term of Parliament.
WORLD
April 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was given a rousing reception by 20,000 fans when she went on a walkabout to celebrate her 80th birthday. Waving Union Jack flags and clutching bouquets, well-wishers launched into an impromptu chorus of "Happy Birthday" as the beaming monarch stepped through Windsor Castle's Henry VIII gate to mark her octogenarian milestone. Police estimated that more than 20,000 showed up, surpassing the crowd for the wedding last year of Prince Charles, her son and heir.
WORLD
December 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Queen Elizabeth II and Irish President Mary McAleese shook hands on Northern Ireland soil, the first British monarch and Irish leader to do so. The two chatted and posed together at Hillsborough Castle outside Belfast. The meeting fueled speculation that the queen could make her first official visit to Ireland, which no British monarch has visited since 1911. Ireland dropped its territorial claim to Northern Ireland as part of a 1998 peace accord.
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