November 16th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

A royal obsession: Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged to be married.

Talk about a royal obsession.

Call it another British invasion, or whatever you'd like, but it's clear that in the U.S. we just can't get enough of the Brits. And with the announcement that Prince William will wed his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton, America once again is gawking and perhaps even stalking everything that says "Royal Wedding."

The news has dominated the Twittersphere and Web - with four of the top trends belonging to the newly engaged couple. It almost makes you wonder why we ever split with the Brits.

Whether it's the Beatles (and the announcement that the Fab Four's music will finally be on iTunes,) other pop icons (Leona Lewis, Duffy and Amy Winehouse) or the wedding announcement - Americans are still trying to gobble up every detail about our friends across the pond. We did it with Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and it seems we will again with this wedding and future marriage.

Readers are looking for every detail about Middleton, known as the middle-class princess, and what married life might be like for her and William, the second in line to the British throne and an action hero.

The two are on the front pages and part of full coverage sections of US Weekly, People, the National Enquirer and a slew of other American tabloids. We’ve watched with bated breath their every move and photograph, and it's gone into overdrive with news of their engagement. And that includes the field of betting. Paddy Power has put out an array of things for people to wager on, including when the couple will marry, where the wedding will take place and even what color Queen Elizabeth's hat will be or how long Middleton's train will be.


November 9th, 2010
12:42 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Social queen, Haitian dumps, gift of Buddha

The Queen's on Facebook: It's official. Thousands of people officially "like" the British Royal Family after it joined Facebook, but don't expect to see Queen Elizabeth playing FarmVille just yet. You can "like" them but can't add them as a friend.


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October 18th, 2010
07:38 PM ET

Queen Elizabeth II gets a piece of Chile's national pride

President Sebastian Piñera gives Queen Elizabeth II a rock from the San Jose mine.

Judging purely by appearances, the gift from Chile's president to Elizabeth II did not seem fit for a queen.

He gave the monarch a rock. But it was not just any rock. The stone that President Sebastian Piñera brought all the way from Chile to Buckingham Palace was from the bottom of the San Jose mine, once the underground prison of 33 miners and now a symbol of Chilean national pride.


September 16th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

On the Radar: Pope's UK visit, tropical weather, Jackson

Pope's UK visit - Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday the Roman Catholic Church has not been vigilant enough or fast enough in responding to the problem of sexual abuse by priests. Asked about the sexual abuse, the pope said it was inexplicable to him how a priest who has promised at his ordination to act in the person of Christ, as a good shepherd, could "fall into this perversion," CNS reported.

As the visit takes place, we'll be looking at several angles to the story including why the pope is making the visit to the UK; the stories of victims who urged Pope Benedict XVI to turn over information on abuse claims; a look at media reaction surrounding the visit; and the story of a woman who, by the end of the day, will have been blessed by two popes. We'll also be looking for your reactions and thoughts on the visits over at iReport. And you can check out our Belief Blog for even more coverage of the event.


July 6th, 2010
07:58 PM ET

Queen Elizabeth II makes first U.N. speech since 1957

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday addressed the United Nations for the first time in more than 50 years, saying she has "witnessed great change, much of it for the better" since her previous speech there in 1957.

Later Tuesday, the queen visited ground zero to lay a floral wreath at the site of the September 11, 2001, terror attack. In a separate event in New York City, she cut the ribbon to officially open the Garden of Remembrance for British citizens killed in the attack.

The seven-minute speech to the U.N. General Assembly touched on her first visit decades earlier, when she was a young monarch and the United Nations itself was a young organization.

"When I was first here, there were just three United Nations operations
overseas," the queen noted. "Now over 120,000 men and women are deployed in 26
missions across the world."

She spoke of the importance of leadership and how critical the role of the United Nations continues to be in upholding human rights in the 21st century.

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