Queen Elizabeth

Barbados to remove Queen as head of state

A former British colony that gained independence in 1966, Barbados has maintained a formal link with the British monarchy as have some other countries that were once part of the British empire.

"The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind," said Barbados Governor-General Sandra Mason, delivering a speech on behalf of the country's Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

Queen Elizabeth gets Zoom lesson from Princess Anne in clip from new ITV documentary

When she was taking part in her first public video call last month, her daughter Princess Anne helped her with Zoom.

The adorable exchange features in ITV's upcoming royal documentary celebrating Anne's 70th birthday, Mail Online reports.

In the clip, posted on Twitter by ITV's royal editor Chris Ship, Anne asks the Queen: "Can you see everybody? You should have six people on your screen."

She replies: "Yes, well I can see four anyway."

Anne's amusing response: "Actually, you don't need me. You know what I look like."

Queen promises 'better days will return' in rare televised address on Covid-19

In her address, which was broadcast on TV, radio and social media, she thanked everyone on the NHS frontline.

"I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times," she said.

There are thanks from the Queen too for "those of you who are staying at home" and by doing so, "helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones".

Queen Elizabeth flees Buckingham Palace to escape coronavirus

The 93-year-old monarch was rushed to Windsor Castle.

There are plans in place to quarantine the Queen and Prince Philip, 98, at their Sandringham estate if the outbreak worsens.

A royal source told The Sun: “She is in good health but it was thought best to move her. A lot of her staff are a bit panicky over coronavirus.

“The Palace hosts a constant stream of visitors including politicians and dignitaries from around the world.

Prince Philip to step down from carrying out royal engagements

Prince Philip, who turns 96 in June, made the decision himself and the Queen supported him, a spokesman said.

"I'm sorry to hear you're standing down", one man told him at a royal lunch on Thursday. "Well, I can't stand up much," the duke quipped.

The duke will attend already scheduled engagements between now and August but will not accept new invitations.

The Queen "will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements", the palace said.

Queen Elizabeth misses New Year's Day church service

Despite her absence at church, the monarch is "up" and "working" Sunday, a royal source told CNN. The source added that the Queen is "taking red boxes," a reference to the famous red boxes that contain government documents and other information and business pertaining to her role as head of state.

Queen Elizabeth II: Longest-reigning monarch by the numbers

Here is a look at Elizabeth II by the numbers:

89: Age

April 21, 1926: Date of birth

25: Age she became queen

63: Years as British monarch

1945: Elizabeth learns how to drive.

November 20, 1947: Elizabeth II marries His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

1953: Elizabeth II attends her first football match (FA Cup Final).