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Queen marks official birthday with scaled-back parade at Windsor

Jun 13, 2020 - 9:44 PM

Queen Elizabeth II watches a smaller military parade in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where she has been staying during the COVID-19 outbreak, in her first official public appearance since the country's virus lockdown began in late March

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. The Queen views a military ceremony by soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, to mark the official birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on June 13, 2020. Photo by Joanne Davidson/Pool/AFP

One is online: Queen joins first official video call

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:01 PM

Queen Elizabeth II logs in from Windsor Castle, where she has been staying during the COVID-19 outbreak, to speak with carers and discuss how they have been coping

QUEEN ON (VIDEO) CALL. In this file photo taken on November 26, 2019 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society in London on November 26, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

'Protect freedom in PH': Aquaria, Manila Luzon, 'Drag Race' queens tweet against anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Ongina, Vivienne Pinay, and Rock M Sakura also voice out against the bill, which many fear could be easily abused by the state

SPEAKING UP. Manila Luzon, Aquaria, Ongina, Rock M Sakura, and Vivienne Pinay urge their followers to speak up against the anti-terror bill. Screenshots from the queens' Instagram accounts

‘Werq’ from home: In lockdown, drag queens go online

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Drag artists continue to bring the magic of their performances to homebound audiences through online streams. But much needs to be said about the clubs they call home that have to remain closed while the COVID-19 threat persists.

SHANTAY, YOU STAY ONLINE. ‘We are used to creating from nothing, making costumes from things we find around the house, using our imaginations to create illusions,’ said ‘Drag Race’ alum Manila Luzon. Photos from the artists

Brian May 'touched by the torrent of love and support' from fans after heart attack

May 30, 2020 - 3:45 PM

The Queen guitarist continues to recover

BRIAN MAY. The Queen guitarist thanks his fans in an Instagram video. Screenshot from Instagram.com/brianmayforreal

WATCH: Queen releases 'You Are The Champions' for healthcare workers

May 01, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Proceeds of the song will go to the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 29, 2019 Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival. - Queen and Lambert have gathered virtually to record a new version of the Queen classic, “We Are the Champions.” “You Are the Champions” released on May 1, 2020 with proceeds going to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Queen Elizabeth II marks 94th birthday with no fanfare

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:50 PM

The monarch is said to be marking the occasion with her 98-year-old husband, Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle, west of London

QUEEN ELIZABETH. A still image of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with a message of hope from her special address to the nation is seen on the giant billboard in Piccadilly Square, central London on April 18, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. File photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

FALSE: Queen Elizabeth II’s quote praising Duterte

Apr 07, 2020 - 6:47 PM

The Queen's address to UK citizens in the wake of the coronavirus never mentioned Duterte or the Philippines

Coronavirus lands British PM in hospital, but Europe offers hope

Apr 06, 2020 - 9:25 AM

(UPDATED) While the curve is bending in Europe, there is little sign of let-up in the United States, where the death toll approaches 10,000 and authorities warn the worse is around the corner

JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to members of the media on January 13, 2020. Photo by Liam McBurney/AFP

Queen Elizabeth II to make special broadcast on coronavirus

Apr 03, 2020 - 11:12 PM

The queen, 93, has made only 3 other special addresses during national crises in her 68-year reign

SPECIAL BROADCAST. In this file photo taken on November 26, 2019 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society in London on November 26, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/Pool/AFP

Japanese emperor's UK state visit postponed over virus

Mar 19, 2020 - 6:12 PM

The decision is taken following consultations between the British and Japanese governments, with the visit now set to be held at 'a later date, according to Buckingham Palace

POSTPONED UK VISIT. Japan's Emperor Naruhito (C) waves to well-wishers beside Empress Masako (R), former Emperor Akihito (L) and former Empress Michiko (2nd L) from the balcony of the Imperial Palace during a New Year's greeting ceremony in Tokyo on January 2, 2020. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Queen retires to Windsor, reviews Japan state visit

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:17 PM

Queen Elizabeth II has already postponed some public engagements, and further changes are now being made to her diary in the wake of stricter measures introduced by the British government

QUEEN ELIZABETH II. In this file photo taken on November 26, 2019 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society in London on November 26, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Queen could stop Harry and Meghan using 'royal' brand – reports

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:17 PM

The future of the use of the 'Sussex Royal' label 'needed to be reviewed' and talks are continuing, according to a royal source

ROYALS. In this file photo taken on June 26, 2018 (L-R) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II pose for a picture during the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony on June 26, 2018. File photo by John Stillwell/Pool/AFP

LOOK: Dairy Queen has new Brown Sugar Milk Tea desserts

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:04 PM

(UPDATED) Who's up for a DQ Milk Tea Parfait, Popping Coffee Boba Blizzard, or Brown Sugar Oreo Blizzard?

Queen Elizabeth's oldest grandchild in marriage split

Feb 11, 2020 - 8:51 PM

Peter Phillips, 42, and his Canadian wife Autumn will share custody of their two daughters and both remain in Gloucestershire, southwest England

MARRIAGE SPLIT. In this file photo, Britain's Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn pose for pictures upon arrival to attend the 'Sentebale Summer Party' in London on May 7, 2014. File photo by Toby Melville/Pool/AFP

Queen gives assent for Britain to leave EU

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:51 PM

With the head of state's ceremonial approval of the withdrawal legislation, Britain can finally leave its closest neighbors and trading partners after years of bickering and 3 delays

GIVING ASSENT. In this file photo taken on November 26, 2019 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society in London on November 26, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Queen join Queen Elizabeth on new British coin

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:36 PM

The iconic British group are hailed on a coin kicking off a Music Legends series being produced by the official mint

Harry and Meghan begin life as (almost) ordinary people

Jan 20, 2020 - 8:07 AM

Meghan has admitted on UK television in October that she 'really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried.' But she admitted sadly: 'That's not the point of life. You've got to thrive.'

HAPPY COUPLE. In this file photo taken on on November 27, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry stands with now-wife Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring while they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London, following the announcement of their engagement. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles

Jan 19, 2020 - 8:44 AM

Much of the British media interprets the ruling as the Queen's punishment for Prince Harry and wife Meghan, who both resigned from front-line royal duties

ROYALS NO MORE. In this file photo taken on June 08, 2019, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) return to Buckingham Palace after the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Borongan City's Monika Afable is Sinulog Festival Queen 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 2:17 PM

Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, also brings home a number of corporate awards

SINULOG FESTIVAL QUEEN. Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, takes home the crown. Photo from Sinulog Foundation Incorporated

Japan Emperor Naruhito to pay state visit to Britain

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:11 PM

'Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan have accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a state visit to the United Kingdom in spring 2020,' a brief statement from Buckingham Palace reads

VISITING THE QUEEN. Japan's Emperor Naruhito (L) and Empress Masako (R) wave during a royal parade in Tokyo on November 10, 2019. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Queen Elizabeth II agrees 'period of transition' for Harry and Meghan

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days,' the Queen says

(FILES) Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Queen gathers royals for crisis meeting with Prince Harry

Jan 13, 2020 - 4:27 PM

Issues up for debate include how much money Prince Harry and wife Meghan will still receive from Charles's estate, their royal titles, and what commercial deals they can strike, according to the Sunday Times

ROYAL FAMILY. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2018 Britain's royal family stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a military fly-past to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF). File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Queen, Prince Harry, senior royals set for crisis meeting

Jan 12, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Queen Elizabeth II wants a 'workable solution' that would take into account Prince Harry and wife Meghan's demands for more freedom

ROYAL CRISIS. In this file photo taken on June 09, 2018, Members of the Royal Family (L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (with Princess Charlotte and Prince George) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force RAF. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Cebuana beauty queens who made it in national, international pageants

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Sinulog season is also pageant season in Cebu!

UK monarchy scrambles for solutions after Harry, Meghan bombshell

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:18 AM

British newspapers are full of reports of a family 'split' and the queen's 'dismay'

UK daily newspapers show front page headlines reporting on Prince Harry and Meghan's plan to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

UK royals 'hurt' after Harry, Meghan quit frontline roles

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:14 PM

The mood in the palace is understood to be one of disappointment and even 'hurt,' according to the BBC

ROYAL FAMILY. In this file photo taken on June 09, 2018 members of the royal family (L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; Prince Charles; Prince Harry; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (with Princess Charlotte and Prince George);  and Prince William stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Harry and Meghan: Royal fairytale turns grim

Jan 09, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Here are 5 major moments in their relationship, which has seen them go from being the royal family's hottest property to their shock announcement that they were stepping back from major royal duties

BAPTISM. This official handout Christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (center left), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holding their baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor flanked by (L-R) Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, west of London on July 6, 2019. Photo by Chris Allerton/ Sussexroyal /AFP

Hillary Clinton named chancellor of Belfast university

Jan 02, 2020 - 11:06 PM

Hillary Clinton will serve for 5 years in the largely ceremonial role, the Northern Irish institution announces

CHANCELLOR. Hillary Clinton speaks at the Jewish Labor Committee's Annual Human Rights Awards Dinner on December 9, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images/AFP

Britain's Queen hails climate movement on Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Queen Elizabeth II uses her Christmas Day message to pay tribute to young environmental campaigners who were inspired to global action by Swedish teen Greta Thunberg

CLIMATE CHANGE. Queen Elizabeth II hails the climate movement on Christmas day. File photo by AFP


Queen admits 'bumpy' year in Christmas message

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The queen has remained one of Britain's most popular figures despite the royal family's travails

POPULAR QUEEN. Queen Elizabeth II has remained one of Britain's most popular figures despite the royal family's travails. Photo by Toby Melville / POOL / AFP

Britain's Prince Philip, 98, in hospital over pre-existing condition

Dec 21, 2019 - 12:19 AM

The 98-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II is expected to be in hospital for a few days

Holi-slay the holidays: What Christmas is like for the drag queens at Nectar

Dec 11, 2019 - 5:38 PM

There’s a range of characters: the Grinch, a balikbayan tita, Mariah Carey, and more

GAY CHRISTMAS REALNESS. Drag queens come dressed for the holidays and turn it out to carols for Drag Cartel’s Christmas special. All photos by Paolo Abad/Rappler

LOOK: Patricia Javier crowned Noble Queen of the Universe 2019

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Patricia wins during the finals night at the Manila Hotel on December 1

Pia Wurtzbach, PH beauty queens will be 'muses' during the 2019 SEA Games

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Pia Wurtzbach and Megan Young are two of 11 beauty queens who will serve as muses of the countries participating in the event

Spanish royals visit Havana for 500th anniversary celebrations

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:22 AM

The trip of King Felipe and Queen Letizia to Cuba is the first state visit by a Spanish monarch to the former colony, one of the last to gain independence from Madrid in 1898

ROYALS. Spain's King Felipe (right) and Queen Letizia walk along a street in Havana on November 12, 2019. The Spanish royals are visiting Cuba for Havana's 500th anniversary. Photo by Jorge Luis Banos/pool/AFP

Queen Elizabeth II's former press secretary not amused with 'The Crown'

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:58 PM

'This is distasteful and totally unfounded,' the Queen's former press secretary fumes, pertaining to the new season of history drama 'The Crown'

Save me from selfies, says drag star RuPaul

Oct 15, 2019 - 1:07 PM

The 'RuPaul's Drag Race' host says his new global fame meant he was even being stopped in the street by fans when he is not in drag

US drag queen and actor RuPaul accepts the award for Outstanding Competition Program onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on September 22, 2019. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Brexit on October 31 a 'priority' for British government – Queen

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'My government's priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on October 31,' says Queen Elizabeth II

BREXIT. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) sits with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the Sovereign's throne in the House of Lords as she delivers the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on October 14, 2019. Photo by Toby Melville/Pool/AFP

WATCH: All hail the queens of Philippine drag

Oct 06, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Wigs snatched, mugs fully painted, corsets laced, and heels on point, these drag queens are breaking barriers and using drag not only as a platform for self-expression and art, but also for social commentary

Claims vs Manila 'drug queen' still only 'speculation' – PDEA

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:06 PM

After repeatedly branding her as a 'drug queen' 'law enforcers say they are still in the process of building a case against former barangay chief Guia Gomez Castro

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

Upon PH request, U.S. cancels visa for alleged drug queen

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:45 PM

'The BI is now working with US immigration authorities to effect her deportation to the Philippines,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

Queen and Adam Lambert rock festival urging foreign aid

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The band are among the artists and actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Keys who appeared at the Global Citizen Festival

Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Alleged drug queen’s ‘cohort’ arrested in Manila

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Marlon dela Cruz is caught in a buy-bust operation in Sampaloc, while Manila's so-called drug queen Guia Gomez Castro has fled the country

'COHORT.' Police arrest Marlon dela Cruz in a buy-bust operation. MPD photo

Queen frontman Adam Lambert bares glam authenticity

Sep 29, 2019 - 11:34 AM

The former 'American Idol' finalist shares singing for Queen and making music

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Adam Lambert of Queen performs onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen/AFP

Albayalde: ‘Drug queen’ issue shouldn’t have been publicized

Sep 28, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'It’s as if the PNP is being blamed for everything already,' says a visibly frustrated Oscar Albayalde, who is set to retire on November 8

READY TO RETIRE. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde speaks to reporters at the Philippine Military Academy. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

At least 3 arrest warrants out vs Manila 'drug queen'

Sep 27, 2019 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) Alleged Manila drug queen Guia Gomez Castro is wanted by at least 3 courts, according to Metro Manila police chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

DOJ to request Interpol monitoring of Manila 'drug queen'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The justice department belatedly issues an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order

INTERPOL. The Department of Justice (DOJ) requests Interpol monitoring of former barangay chairwoman Guia Gomez Castro, whom the Manila Police tagged as a drug queen. Photo courtesy of Mayor Isko Moreno

Woman tagged as 'drug queen' by Manila police has left PH

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) Guia Gomez Castro left the country on September 21, according to the Bureau of Immigration

DRUG QUEEN? Manila Police District tags as a "drug queen" Guia Gomez-Castro, a barangay chairwoman in Sampaloc, Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler