Queen speaks of 'sombre national mood'

Queen speaks of 'sombre national mood'

The Queen has said it is “difficult to escape a very sombre national mood” following tragedies in London and Manchester. The monarch said the UK had “witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies” in recent weeks. Her official birthday message followed protests over the Grenfell Tower fire which killed at least 30 people. The Queen’s message added: “Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity.” ‘Terrible tragedy’ It comes…

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London fire: Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower centre

London fire: Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower centre

The Queen and Prince William are visiting a relief centre helping victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Their visit to the Westway Sports Centre comes after police say some of those killed in the fire at the west London flats may never be identified. The BBC understands that at present there could be as many as 76 people missing as a result of the blaze. Seventeen people are known to have died but that figure…

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The Queen beats The Crown at the Bafta TV Awards

The Queen beats The Crown at the Bafta TV Awards

Ant and Dec have dedicated their Bafta TV Award to the Queen after winning a prize for their presentation of her 90th birthday celebration event. The duo won the best live event prize for fronting The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration on ITV last May. The top honours had been expected to go to Netflix’s fictionalised royal drama The Crown, which led the nominations – but it missed out entirely. “Tonight, the Queen has finally won…

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Cybersecurity: Queen to open centre to protect against attacks

Cybersecurity: Queen to open centre to protect against attacks

A new centre to protect the UK against cyber-attacks is to be officially opened by the Queen later. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in London is designed to improve Britain’s resilience to attacks and act as an operational nerve centre. “We want to make the UK the hardest target,” Ciaran Martin, the centre’s chief executive, told the BBC. The NCSC – part of intelligence agency GCHQ – says the UK is facing about 60…

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Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul is retiring to spend time with her family

Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul is retiring to spend time with her family

Soul legend Aretha Franklin says she plans to retire from music to spend more time with her grandchildren. The 74-year-old said she would record one final album with Stevie Wonder before stepping out of the limelight. “I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” the Queen Of Soul told a Detroit TV station, adding that she felt “exuberant” about her plans. One of the most distinctive voices in popular music, she is known for…

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Sherlock beats the Queen in festive TV ratings

Sherlock beats the Queen in festive TV ratings

More than eight million people tuned in to see the return of Sherlock on BBC One on Sunday, overnight ratings show. That means it was the UK’s second-most watched programme of the festive period – behind the New Year’s Eve fireworks, which were watched by 11.6 million. The biggest Christmas Day audience came for the Queen’s Christmas message, which was seen by 7.7 million people. The first episode of the fourth series of Sherlock had…

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Card queen

Card queen

In the tiny group of gamblers who have become top players at both blackjack and poker, there is only one woman. In her own words, Cat Hulbert describes how she got rich beating male opponents – and the casinos – and explains why in her view women are innately better at poker than men. For 40 years, a well-known gambling author would, for fun, make bets at the poker table about whether the cocktail waitress…

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Queen of Katwe stars praise film's 'uplifting' view of Africa

Queen of Katwe stars praise film's 'uplifting' view of Africa

The stars of new Disney film Queen of Katwe have praised the “uplifting” view of Africa it portrays on screen. “It’s very refreshing – not just for myself but indisputably for the audience,” David Oyelowo told the BBC. The British actor was speaking on Monday after the film’s BFI London Film Festival premiere. Directed by Mira Nair, the Disney film tells the true story of a young Ugandan chess champion. “When we’ve seen African stories…

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