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25 May 2011 | Queen Elizabeth II arrives to sign the guest book as she bids farewell to U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, watch by the Duke of Edinburgh at Winfield House - the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, in Regent’s Park, in London, England. The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle are in the UK for a two day State Visit at the invitation of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Last night they attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace and today’s events include talks at Downing Street and the President will address both houses of Parliament at Westminster Hall. © Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images


The Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, attended the Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt on August 2, 2017. This was the Duke’s final public engagement as he “retires.” He still may make appearances with Queen Elizabeth at his discretion.  

Since 1947 he has done:

  • 22,220 solo engagements
  • 637 foreign visits 
  • 5,496 speeches 

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Everything you need to know about the Grenfell Tower fire protest

Hundreds of people have taken part in a protest seeking answers following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The protest is still ongoing, but here’s everything you need to know so far.

Why are they protesting?

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Protesters are demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Among the demands of some protesters was the rehousing within the borough of all those who lost their homes and more information on the victims.

Mustafa Almansur addressed the crowd, saying: “The reason for the protest is so far in the last three days the general public have done everything from raising money to actually going out there on the streets, helping people, finding the victims of the tragedy, going to the community centres, the churches and the mosques with donations.

“To this day the council has failed to do anything in public, they have not made a public statement or any public comment. The statement they made today was just a fluffy statement, open ended promises with no concrete numbers of what they are going to be able to do for the people.”

Where did they go?

Some protesters met Theresa May at the nearby St Clement’s Church, and she faced cries of “coward” and “shame on you”.

Protesters tried to storm the Kensington and Chelsea headquarters, but were soon called back from the foyer by one of the organisers, who urged them to remain calm.

A number of people could later be seen inside the building being confronted by police and security guards in high visibility vests on a stairwell.

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The crowd then began marching down towards Kensington High Street, chanting “no justice, no peace”.

The group brought the heart of London to a standstill as they marched from outside the Home Office to Downing Street.

How many people were involved?

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Organisers estimated at least 1,400 were involved, with many waving placards. The crowd, shouting “May must go”, “justice for Grenfell” and “blood on your hands”, were met with a cordon of police officers as they marched up Horseguards Parade, coming to a stop outside the entrance to Downing Street.

6 things you need to know about US rockers Highly Suspect

From rocking out iconic London venues to strolling down the Grammys red carpet, Cape Cod trio Highly Suspect have come a long way since their days as a cover band putting their own spin on Sublime, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd tracks.

After their first EP of original music, First Offense, became a huge success in 2010, the band – made up of twin brothers Rich and Ryan Meyer and their best friend Jonny Stevens – decided to relocate to Brooklyn, New York, and just five years later their debut album received two Grammy nominations.

A second album, The Boy Who Died Wolf, followed and the band are enjoying fame across the pond.

2017 has been a whirlwind of fun as they hit the road and played their biggest ever UK show at Koko in London.

Elliott Beddoe and Joe Nerssessian caught up with the Jonny and Ryan and learned a little more about their rising fame. So here’s a little bit more about the band you need to know about.

Their popularity in the UK is rising and rising

Highly Suspect’s Rich, Jonny and Ryan (L-R) (Jenn Five)

Highly’s UK audience has rocketed since their first gig at The Old Blue Last in Camden and they are really happy about it.

“We always had fun playing at small, dirty, grey, London venues. Everything is sweaty and it’s dripping off the ceilings,” says drummer Ryan Meyer. Front man Johnny Stevens adds: “We love UK crowds. They interact. They sing along. They cheer. They push each other around in a playful manner. They lose their s***!”

And they didn’t hold back at Koko either. Queues around the historic venue began growing more than two hours before the gig and there was little to be disappointed with as hundreds of fans moshed themselves happy through an emphatic performance by the trio.

They are coming back to the UK this summer

Highly Suspect’s Rich, Jonny and Ryan (L-R) (Jenn Five)

Following the success of the Koko gig, Highly are returning for a British Summer Time gig in Hyde Park. The boys will return on July 6 alongside a line-up which includes Kings Of Leon and The Pixies.

We bet they’re pretty stoked about the news. Here’s what Jonny thought about their UK festival debut at Reading and Leeds last year.

“It was one of the best festivals we’ve played at. There was a circle pit that was so dry; there was this cloud of dust in a shape of a doughnut rising above the pit. There were kids screaming, girls crying. What are we? The f****** Beatles. I loved it. It was awesome.”

They are no fans of Donald Trump

Donald Trump (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The boys are not afraid to hold back on saying what they really think and have vehemently opposed the US President. And Jonny even had the word “Impeach” imprinted on his Grammy 2016 outfit. But they’re more thoughtful than just that.

“Even if you love music but hate the politics we stand for, that’s fine by me,” says Jonny.

“My problem is with the type of people he’s attracting. Whether they are through actions or words, they’re going to hurt people.”

Ryan adds: “Some of my family members are Trump supporters. I know them well. I love them and I care for them. If you are a Trump supporter, it gives the connotation that you believe what he believes in. He is clearly misogynistic a******.”

They lost a Grammy to Bowie

David Bowie (Yui Mok/PA)

Having received three Grammy nominations across their first two albums, the rockers have certainly made their mark. Battling against the late David Bowie as well as Radiohead was always going tough but they didn’t take it too badly.

“It was an honour to lose to Bowie,” says Ryan. “That opportunity will never present itself again. I got to walk the red carpet twice and was in a category amongst legends. I sat almost 60ft away from Lady Gaga and Metallica. Those memories will be kept.”

Highly come from humble beginnings

Stardom never comes without hard work.

Highly had their own story to share. “Growing up we all played music because we loved it. Johnny was in theatre. He knows how to portray his emotions and people can feel that,” explains Ryan, adding: “I played in the school band. We used to do landscape construction, working as plumbers. We all had callus on our hands throughout our mid-twenties. When the cover band we did on the side started getting big, we were able to quit our jobs.”

A third album is almost definitely on its way

Their second studio album, The Boy Who Died Wolf, was released last year and has spent over 22 weeks on the Billboard charts. More good news, album number three will most certainly happen, according to Ryan.

“We will see what happens after touring the s*** out of this album. I think if we put a little elbow grease in there, we can get the people another album as long as it’s good.

“I want to like the music we put out. I want to make sure what we’re putting out is high quality.”

Highly Suspect play British Summer Time on July 6.


Van strikes pedestrians outside of London mosque

At least one person has died and 10 were injured when a van plowed into a crowd gathered outside a London mosque after prayers.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said police were responding to a “horrific terrorist attack.”

Prime Minister Theresa May called it a “potential terrorist attack” and said: “All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.”

The Metropolitan Police called it a “terrorist attack” and said an investigation was being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command. “This was an attack on London and all Londoners and we should all stand together against extremists whatever their cause,” Neil Basu, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, said.

Some witnesses said there were a total of three “attackers,” but police said they arrested a 48-year-old man at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and that no other suspects had been identified. (GMA)

Photo credits: Yui Mok/PA via AP, Victoria Jones/PA via AP, Tim Ireland/AP, Neil Hall/Reuters, Hannah McKay/Reuters

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What exactly does it mean now we've got a hung parliament?

Britain has a hung parliament after Theresa May’s political gamble to call a general election and get a clear mandate backfired. Here’s everything you need to know.

What is a hung parliament?

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A hung parliament is when no political party emerges from an election with an overall majority of 326 seats of the 650 in the House of Commons.

This snap general election has drawn a hung parliament after the Conservatives lost several seats while Labour made substantial gains.

What does Theresa May do now?

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May could do a deal to bring her incumbent Conservative government past the 326 line – most likely with the Democratic Unionist Party, which has boosted its number to 10 with two gains.

Although 326 seats are needed for an absolute majority, in practice a working majority requires just 322 MPs. This is because the Speaker doesn’t vote and Sinn Fein has so far declined to take up its seats.

So May would be able to pass this crucial figure with the support of the DUP – but the party will demand significant concessions in return for propping up her administration.

Are there any other options?

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May could go to the Queen to tender her resignation and that of her administration.

Jeremy Corbyn, as leader of the largest opposition party, may then be invited by the Queen to form a government either as a minority or in coalition with another party or parties.

Labour would then likely explore the potential for co-operation with other “progressive” parties like the Lib Dems, Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party’s sole MP Caroline Lucas.

Has this happened before?

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In 2010, Gordon Brown held onto the premiership for six days as frantic negotiations took place, resigning only when it became clear that the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats had reached agreement on a viable coalition.

It seems likely that May too will hold back on any resignation until she has had time to test whether she has the support to attempt to continue in office.

Will forming a coalition be straightforward?

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A whole host of parties have already opted out of any involvement in a formal coalition, which is a very different state of affairs compared to 2010.

Labour has said it will not seek a coalition, instead seeking to govern as a minority government if possible.

And Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron pledged during the election not to go into coalition with either the Tories or Labour.

What about a “supply and confidence” arrangement?

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Another arrangement short of a coalition could involve a “supply and confidence” agreement.

Under this, smaller parties would pledge to back the Government’s budget and programme without actually taking up ministerial positions in the new administration.

Can a party actually rule with a minority government?

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The Conservatives or Labour could both attempt to govern as a minority administration.

But it would be hard work – the party would have to seek to win support in the Commons for their programme on a vote-by-vote basis.

What are the big dates in May’s diary now?

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The first milestone would be June 13, when the House of Commons is due to return after the election.

But a far more significant deadline is the Queen’s Speech on June 19, when the sovereign will read out the legislative programme of the new government.

Any PM would be unlikely to ask the Queen to present a programme if they did not believe it would secure the support of a majority of MPs in the Commons.

And what, if after all that, no viable administration can still be formed?

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If all else fails, voters could well be asked to return to the polling stations for the third general election since the UK found itself in a similar situation in 2010.

Heath Ledger's 'energy' felt through his daughter, says sister of late actor

Heath Ledger’s daughter channels his “energy” and allows people to feel his presence through her, the late actor’s sister has said.

Heath died in January 2008 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs at the age of 28.

His only child, daughter Matilda, from his relationship with actress Michelle Williams, was just two years old when he died, although a new documentary film about her father will help her to learn more about him, Heath’s sister Kate said.

Heath (Ledger Ian West/PA)

The Australian actor’s sibling said 11-year-old Matilda often reminds her of her brother and that for a while after his death, just being in her presence would reduce her to tears.

She told People magazine: “Everything she does, her movement I suppose, reminds me of Heath.

“I think the first five years after Heath passed, every time I’d see Matilda (I) would be in tears.

“Now, I am really happy that I am at a stage that I can see Matilda and be happy and feel her daddy’s energy through her.”

Hollywood stars, friends and colleagues have lined up to pay tribute to Heath in an intimate documentary about his life, entitled I Am Heath Ledger, which is made up of many home videos recorded by the actor himself.

Kate said: “You can tell (Matilda) about things, but with her being able to visually see his movement and his expressions, it’s almost like he had actually filmed the documentary himself and pieced it together for her.”

Speaking to the magazine, Kate also said that Heath was “totally smitten” with Michelle while they were together.

She said: “He was totally smitten with her and couldn’t wait to bring her home.

“We all instantly loved her too, so it was great.”

Heath and Michelle embarked on a relationship in 2004 after meeting on the set of their film Brokeback Mountain.

Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams (Yui Mok/PA)

They had Matilda in October 2005, but their relationship ended in 2007, months before Heath’s death.

Kate appears in the documentary along with director Ang Lee, actor Ben Mendelsohn and several of his childhood friends.

His other notable movies include teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, Casanova and A Knight’s Tale.

I Am Heath Ledger will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23 and will be broadcast on American channel Spike TV on May 17.