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Royal style: Why Elizabeth II is the queen of color updated: Tue Jun 12 2012 19:59:00

Her outfits don't send royal fashion watchers into a frenzy like those of the Duchess of Cambridge or Princess Diana before her, but Queen Elizabeth II has developed a signature style that has withstood the test of time.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Thamesupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 05:51:00

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Thames river getting ready to board the royal barge.

Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubileeupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 06:33:00

CNN's Max Foster takes a look back at the 60-year reign of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen 'dedicated her life' to Englandupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 06:32:00

Some of Queen Elizabeth II's acquaintances describe their view points of her to CNN's Max Foster.

Solve our Diamond Jubilee Jigsaw updated: Mon Jun 04 2012 05:37:00

On June 3 - 5, the UK's Queen Elizabeth II marks her Diamond Jubilee year with a series of parties and pageants.

Bumming a smoke from the queen: When the security bubble burstsupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 09:08:00

So there he was, sitting on the queen's bed, wearing a soiled T-shirt and jeans, holding a broken ashtray and bleeding from a cut on his hand:

Diamond jubilee: Boats to fill Thames in colorful tribute to Queen Elizabeth IIupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 08:14:00

Dragon boats, a floating belfry and the royal barge are among more than 1,000 vessels preparing to transform London's River Thames into a spectacular floating tribute to the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

CNN Wire Weekend Enterprise Digestupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 15:07:00

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Queen Elizabeth stuns bride and groom by accepting inviteupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 10:10:00

John and Frances Canning didn't really expect Queen Elizabeth to come to their wedding, but when they learned she was going to be in Manchester, England, on the day of their nuptials, they sent an invitation on a whim.

The Queen's unseen photosupdated: Wed May 30 2012 12:12:00

Nick Glass previews an auction of royal portraits including early photos of Queen Elizabeth months after she became queen.

Queen Elizabeth speaks to Parliamentupdated: Fri May 04 2012 06:58:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth makes a rare address to both houses of Parliament. CNN's Max Foster reports.

Queen Elizabeth II marks 86th birthdayupdated: Sat Apr 21 2012 09:22:00

Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 86th birthday Saturday privately at Windsor Castle, a palace spokesman said.

Queen Elizabeth vows continued service in speech to Parliamentupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 13:22:00

Queen Elizabeth II pledged to rededicate herself to the service of her people Tuesday, as she addressed both houses of Parliament as part of celebrations of her Diamond Jubilee, or 60 years on the throne.

Queen Elizabeth marks 60 years on throneupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 10:59:00

The Diamond Jubilee begins in England to honor Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.

Queen Elizabeth celebrates 60 years on throneupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 10:59:00

Sixty years ago Monday, a 25-year-old woman visiting a remote part of Kenya got a message that her father had died.

Body found on Queen Elizabeth's estateupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 15:44:00

Police launch a murder investigation after a woman's body was found on Queen Elizabeth II's estate in Sandringham.

Police: Body found on queen's estate was missing 17-year-oldupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 15:44:00

The body found on Queen Elizabeth II's estate in Sandringham last week was a 17-year-old who had been missing since August, police said Sunday.

Police appeal for help in royal estate murder probeupdated: Fri Jan 06 2012 07:42:00

The identity of a young woman whose remains were found on the estate of Queen Elizabeth II this week remains a mystery -- and police appealed to the public Friday for help to name her.

Police: Body in royal estate murder probe is young womanupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 12:57:00

A body found on Queen Elizabeth II's estate in Sandringham is that of a young white woman aged 15 to 23, investigators working on a murder probe said Wednesday.

Murder probe after body found on queen's estateupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 14:52:00

Police launched a murder investigation Tuesday after a woman's body was found on Queen Elizabeth II's estate in Sandringham, in the English county of Norfolk.

UK queen on 10-day visit to Australiaupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 12:00:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Canberra Wednesday for her 16th -- and possibly last -- official visit to Australia.

Royal superyachts: How kings and queens sail the seaupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 14:05:00

Before luxury yachting was the preserve of Russian tycoons and Silicon Valley moguls, it was only the world's wealthiest royals who built palaces on the sea.

Queen's granddaughter marriesupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 09:12:00

Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, marries rugby star Mike Tindall in Scotland. ITN's Debi Edward reports.

People.com: Carole Middleton Joins Queen Elizabeth in Royal Processionupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 08:07:00

The royals show off their stylish hats at ladies day at Royal Ascot

Buckingham Palace unveils Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee plansupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 12:42:00

Exactly one year before Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years on the throne, Buckingham Palace has announced plans of how the monarch's milestone will be celebrated.

Obama blends ceremony with diplomacy in the United Kingdomupdated: Wed May 25 2011 00:08:00

U.S. President Barack Obama blended pomp and ceremony with diplomacy Tuesday on the second full day of his weeklong trip to Europe, meeting at 10 Downing Street with British Prime Minister David Cameron and attending a state dinner at Buckingham Palace to exchange toasts with Queen Elizabeth II.

Capturing a queen: Images of Elizabeth IIupdated: Tue May 24 2011 12:38:00

After almost six decades on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II is nothing if not an expert sitter, her features captured by artists and photographers from Pietro Annigoni and Cecil Beaton to Annie Leibovitz and Andy Warhol.

Lawmaker: Irish should not roll out 'green carpet' for Queen Elizabethupdated: Tue May 17 2011 13:03:00

A few weeks ago I suggested in the Dáil (Irish Parliament) that the queen of England might be politely asked to contribute to the cost of her bed & breakfast during her visit to Ireland this week.

Queen visit 'forward looking, positive'updated: Tue May 17 2011 13:03:00

The director of a cultural show Queen Elizabeth II will see explains what her visit means to him as an Irishman.

People.com: Queen Elizabeth's Wedding Look: Prim(rose)updated: Fri Apr 29 2011 15:57:00

Queen Elizabeth II wears a bright primrose dress to match her sunny mood

Six films to get you in the mood for Kate and William's royal weddingupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 05:35:00

It's a family lineage littered with public scandals, private feuds, salacious secrets and oodles of intrigue. Britain's royal family has, for centuries, made headlines as well as history.

People.com: How the Palace Kitchen Is Prepping for the Royal Weddingupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 11:14:00

A peek at what guests may be eating - and where they'll celebrate

'The Empowered Patient' goes to Hollywoodupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 16:47:00

In the movie "The King's Speech," there is a pivotal scene where Elizabeth, the future queen, frustrated by the failures of doctors who were trying to treat her husband's stutter, ventures into the streets of London to the office of controversial speech therapist Lionel Logue. So unaccustomed to the outside world, Elizabeth doesn't even know how to properly work the elevator in Logue's building.

People.com: Was Queen Elizabeth a Fan of The King's Speech?updated: Tue Feb 08 2011 06:48:00

The monarch attended a private screening of the Oscar-nominated film and was "moved"

Queen Elizabeth cancels palace Christmas Partyupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 09:51:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has canceled this year's palace Christmas party because of the current economic climate, a spokesman said Thursday.

PM says Australia should become republicupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 05:53:00

Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Tuesday she believes Australia should become a republic after Queen Elizabeth II dies.

Queen Elizabeth, royal family join Flickrupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 09:47:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is launching a Flickr photostream Monday, Buckingham Palace announced.

Queen Elizabeth bars far-right leader from garden partyupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 10:08:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II withdrew the invitation of a far-right politician to her garden party Thursday after he "blatantly politicized" it, Buckingham Palace said.

Queen Elizabeth to become great-grandmotherupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 16:38:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is "delighted" that she will become a great-grandmother for the first time, Buckingham Palace said Friday.

People.com: What Was on Queen Elizabeth's New York City Itinerary?updated: Wed Jul 07 2010 13:33:00

During a brief visit Tuesday, the monarch pays a visit to ground zero and addresses the United Nations

Queen Elizabeth praises U.N. effortsupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 23:07:00

The queen commends the United Nations on its legacy of leadership and its pursuit of global humanitarian efforts.

Queen Elizabeth's annual spending drops, palace announcesupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 10:35:00

Queen Elizabeth II's annual budget this year is £38.2 million ($57.8 million), down from £41.5 million ($62.8 million) last year, Buckingham Palace announced Monday.

Queen Elizabeth visits Wimbledonupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 12:23:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth visited Wimbledon on Thursday, her first visit to the annual tennis tournament in 33 years.

Military spectacle marks Queen Elizabeth's birthdayupdated: Sat Jun 12 2010 08:19:00

British troops dressed in red jackets and black bearskin hats put on a military spectacle in London on Saturday to mark Queen Elizabeth's official birthday.

Zeta-Jones, rock stars receive queen's honorsupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 20:32:00

Two rock 'n roll stars and an Oscar-winning actress were among those receiving birthday honors from Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Saturday.

Queen Elizabeth's husband has surgeryupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 12:35:00

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, had surgery on his left hand to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday.

UK government pledges to fight deficitupdated: Wed May 26 2010 08:39:00

The economy was the focus of Queen Elizabeth II's speech to open Britain's Parliament. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Queen Elizabeth's role in the election?updated: Tue May 11 2010 15:09:00

CNN's Richard Quest looks at Queen Elizabeth II's role in resolving who becomes the next British prime minister.

How queen gets last word on UK electionupdated: Tue May 11 2010 15:09:00

The days of discussions have ended, demands issued, concesssions made and a decision finally reached -- but even before they formed a government, the UK's political parties must wait for approval from one more person: The queen.

British queen to address United Nationsupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 13:50:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will address the U.N. General Assembly in July, the British Mission to the United Nations announced Friday.

Queen addresses excessive payupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 11:16:00

Queen Elizabeth II outlines the British government's pledge to crack down on excessive bonuses in the financial sector.

Britain: Queen unveils new medal for military familiesupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 11:26:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a new medal Wednesday to honor the families of British service personnel killed while serving their country.

Royal Ascot - more than a day at the racesupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 12:41:00

Royal Ascot comes to an end Saturday after five days of pomp and circumstance, royal grandeur, free-flowing champagne and impossibly big hats.

People.com: Obamas Prepare to Meet Queen Elizabethupdated: Wed Apr 01 2009 12:28:00

The day will also bring dinner with J.K. Rowling - cooked by celeb chef Jamie Oliver

Royal honors for Olympians, Led Zep starupdated: Wed Dec 31 2008 06:55:00

Olympians, business leaders, designers and the lead singer of an iconic rock band are among those receiving New Year's honors from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, the Cabinet Office announced Wednesday.

Queen Elizabeth: Christmas 'more somber' this yearupdated: Fri Dec 26 2008 01:37:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reflected Thursday on the economic and political crises sweeping the globe, acknowledging in her Christmas Day message their impact on holiday festivities.

Fortune: Her majesty's big, honkin' windmillupdated: Mon Sep 22 2008 12:15:00

It's been a century or so since Britain ruled the waves, but Queen Elizabeth II will soon reign over the wind. Earlier this year the Crown Estate, which manages royal property worth $14 billion and controls the seas up to 14 miles off the British coast, agreed to purchase - for an undisclosed sum - the world's largest wind turbine.

Time.com: UK Royals: We Don't Cost Muchupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 16:45:00

Buckingham Palace accountants insisted Friday that the cost of maintaining Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family is a bargain for taxpayers

Britain's Queen Elizabeth marks 82nd birthdayupdated: Sat Jun 14 2008 03:27:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 82nd birthday Saturday with a parade and military ceremony known as "Trooping the Color."

UK's Prince Philip admitted to hospitalupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 12:21:00

Prince Philip, the husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, was admitted to hospital on Friday with a chest infection, Buckingham Palace said.

Queen opens new $8.6B airport terminalupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 11:19:00

Queen Elizabeth helped launch Heathrow's $8.6 billion new Terminal 5 on Friday as part of the British airport's rejuvenation plan to maintain its status as one of the world's most important transport hubs.

True or False: Religionupdated: Sun Jan 27 2008 06:38:00

True or False: The Catholic Church is the world's largest landowner.

People.com: Queen Elizabeth II Becomes Britain's Oldest-Ever Monarchupdated: Thu Dec 20 2007 13:44:00

At 81 years and 243 days old, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the Britain's oldest-ever monarch Thursday, passing Queen Victoria.

Britain's monarch hits milestoneupdated: Thu Dec 20 2007 12:48:00

Queen Elizabeth II became Britain's oldest reigning monarch Thursday, surpassing the record set by her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria.

Queen Elizabeth II is gran againupdated: Mon Dec 17 2007 14:12:00

The wife of Prince Edward, the Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son, gave birth to a baby boy Monday, Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement.

Royals mark 60th anniversaryupdated: Mon Nov 19 2007 14:46:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

Poll: Americans love the queenupdated: Mon May 07 2007 13:14:00

Queen Elizabeth II is loved, not only in Britain but also in that nation's former North American colony.

Norovirus sickens hundreds aboard QE2updated: Wed Jan 24 2007 18:03:00

A highly contagious form of stomach flu sickened hundreds of passengers during a worldwide voyage on the famed Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship in what health officials called an unusually large outbreak.

Rugby legend Edwards handed honorupdated: Sat Dec 30 2006 08:32:00

Gareth Edwards, voted the greatest player of all time in a Rugby World magazine poll, has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honors list.

Queen smiles despite missing racesupdated: Fri Oct 27 2006 09:28:00

Queen Elizabeth II canceled plans to attend the races at Newmarket on Friday, as she pared back her schedule to rest a strained back muscle.

Queen hailed at church serviceupdated: Sun Apr 23 2006 06:44:00

Queen Elizabeth II was praised for her "calmness, serenity and stillness" at a special service of thanksgiving on Sunday to mark her 80th birthday.

More celebrations for queen at 80updated: Sat Apr 22 2006 05:23:00

Celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday continued Saturday with a special display staged at Buckingham Palace of historic British-built cars.

Birthday walkabout for queen at 80updated: Fri Apr 21 2006 04:38:00

To the tune of a brass band playing "Happy Birthday," a beaming Queen Elizabeth II joined throngs of loyal subjects at Britain's Windsor Castle to celebrate as she turns 80.

Designers by royal appointmentupdated: Thu Apr 14 2005 11:21:00

Designing clothes for as high profile a figure as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is one of the greatest challenges the fashion world has to offer.

Royal wedding blessing on live TVupdated: Fri Mar 18 2005 10:50:00

The blessing ceremony following the civil marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles will be shown live on television, the prince's spokesman has told CNN.

Man quizzed after UK palace scareupdated: Tue May 18 2004 03:13:00

British police say they are questioning a man who tricked his way into Queen Elizabeth II's main southern English country residence by pretending to be a police officer.

Queen names luxury ocean linerupdated: Thu Jan 08 2004 12:33:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth has named a new $800 million cruise ship, the Queen Mary 2 -- billed by its owner Cunard as the largest passenger ship of its type ever built.

Money Magazine: Royal Rideupdated: Tue Jul 01 2003 00:01:00

After 34 years, the Queen Elizabeth 2 will make its final sail between New York City and Southampton, England in April 2004. Reserve now to snag early-booking savings of up to 50% on Cunard's flag...

Fortune: Unwrapper's Delight Give it up for our Holiday Gift Guideupdated: Mon Dec 09 2002 00:01:00

Outside, the Gentle Giant Studios is an unprepossessing warehouse on a stretch of uncharming highway they tell me is in Burbank. Inside, however, it's Wonderland. It's Toontown, teeming with imagin...

Money Magazine: Retire Where?updated: Sat Sep 01 2001 00:01:00

In July, 82-year-old Brit Beatrice Muller "retired" to the Queen Elizabeth 2, the grande dame of cruise ships, saying it didn't cost much more than a retirement home. Intrigued, we set up this comp...

Fortune: Royaltyupdated: Mon Jul 09 2001 00:01:00

Call 2001 the annus fortunatus. Covers of W. and US Weekly tout the glamorous lives of the titled, while People tempts readers with hunky, eligible nobles. Then there's this bulletin: Queen Elizabe...

Fortune: FORTUNE Magazine contents page JUNE 28, 1993 VOL. 127, NO. 13 updated: Mon Jun 28 1993 00:01:00

36 THE WORLD'S 101 RICHEST PEOPLE Unlike the rest of us in these difficult times, the most prosperous have more money this year than they had last. by Alison Rogers

Money Magazine: Safe homeowners insurers; curing holiday debt hangovers; college aid tips; the queen's tax bill AND YOU THINK YOU HAVE TAX HEADAupdated: Fri Jan 01 1993 00:01:00

Imagine your horror if you went from paying zero in taxes one year -- legally -- to owing nearly 40% of your income the next. That's precisely what Britain's Queen Elizabeth II would face this year...

Fortune: FORTUNE Magazine contents page SEPTEMBER 7, 1992 VOL. 126, NO. 5 updated: Mon Sep 07 1992 00:01:00

THE BILLIONAIRES/COVER STORIES 86 THE BILLIONAIRES It's the frugal 1990s, and the world's 233 wealthiest individuals and families seem to be cooling the spending. One reason conspicuous consumption...

Fortune: FORTUNE Magazine contents page SEPTEMBER 11, 1989 VOL. 120, NO. 6 updated: Mon Sep 11 1989 00:01:00

WEALTH/Cover Stories 44 THE BILLIONAIRES: DO THEY PAY THEIR WAY? For the most part, yes. Many are shrewd risk takers, creating new companies, even whole industries, and lots of jobs. But they also ...

Money Magazine: Check It Out Business class for transatlantic travelersupdated: Thu Sep 01 1988 00:01:00

Just about every other week from April to December, Cunard's famous luxury liner, the Queen Elizabeth 2, backs out of her berth at Pier 90 in Manhattan and, with a stomach-rumbling blast of her hor...

Fortune: LEISURE/A FORTUNE PORTFOLIO NEW WAVE OF CRUISE SHIPSupdated: Mon Apr 01 1985 00:01:00

They may pay as little as $160 a day for a wee cabin down near the boiler room or as much as $3,500 a day for the penthouse suite atop the Queen Elizabeth 2. But whatever they spend, more and more ...

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