Royal Watchers Wonder: Do the Royals Watch ‘The Crown’?

A lack of hard facts has not prevented plenty of speculation as to whether Queen Elizabeth and the other members of the royal family ever watch their fictionalized selves.

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‘The Crown’ Stokes an Uproar Over Fact vs. Entertainment

Dramatic liberties in the latest season of the Netflix series, covering the turbulent 1980s, are annoying Britons who wrote of that period, even among those who disparage the royals.

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Lady Elizabeth Anson, Party Planner to the Royals, Dies at 79

A daughter of British nobility, she knew instinctively how to make guests comfortable, the queen among them and even that table of dreadful bores.

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‘The Crown’ Season 4: What to Watch and Read About Diana

If Season 4 has fueled your interest in one of royal history’s most glamorous women, you’re in luck. She has inspired many a book, documentary and article.

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Margaret Thatcher and Class Struggles in “The Crown” Season 4

In the new season, Diana Spencer’s aristocratic breeding triumphs and Margaret Thatcher’s middle-class tendencies horrify the royals. Here’s a guide to the rigid world of the British class system.

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Murderer Who Wielded Narwhal Tusk to Stop Terrorist Gets Royal Pardon

Queen Elizabeth II approved a rare form of clemency for an inmate who used a whale tusk to help end a deadly terrorist attack near London Bridge last year.

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A Florida City Is Selling Some of Its Beloved Swans

Lakeland’s swan population has thrived since Queen Elizabeth II donated a pair in 1957. Now, however, the city has too many of the birds and is seeking to offload some by holding a lottery.

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Save the Planet, Win a Prize

Rising seas, raging fires, hotter temperatures — and a bit of positivity.

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‘The Time Has Come.’ Barbados Casts Off the Queen as Head of State, and Others May Follow

The Black Lives Matter movement has revived a simmering debate about the legacy of colonialism, potentially inspiring change in other Caribbean countries.

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Queen Knights Captain Tom, in a Rare Public Appearance

In the weeks before the ceremony to honor the 100-year-old war veteran and fund-raiser, some had wondered whether Britons would see Queen Elizabeth in person again.

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‘Strategic Empathy’: How Biden’s Informal Diplomacy Shaped Foreign Relations

President Trump is attacking his record on China. But for Mr. Biden, it’s part of a long history of befriending and sometimes confronting world leaders.

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A Royal Ascot Without the Crowds, but Hats and Frocks on Full Display

The horse races took place behind closed doors this year, but thousands of people still showed up in their over-the-top finery — online.

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Tom Moore, a.k.a. Captain Tom, Gives Britain Hope During Coronavirus

In the space of six weeks, 100-year-old Tom Moore — better known as Captain Tom — raised $40 million for the British health service and became a national hero.

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Locked Down on V-E Day, Europe Celebrates World War II Liberation

Pandemic restrictions forced ceremonies for the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s surrender to be sharply scaled down. But some poignant rituals went ahead.

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Coronavirus Halts Another U.K. Ritual: Birthday Gun Salute for Queen

Buckingham Palace said the queen had also instructed that flags not be flown in her honor unless it was done while observing social distancing.

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Pope Francis Says the Coronavirus Is ‘Testing Our Whole Human Family’

Standing in a nearly deserted St. Peter’s Basilica on Easter Sunday, the pontiff called for solidarity around the world to confront the pandemic.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: White House Experts Say Social Distancing May Be Working

The Supreme Court rejected an extension of Wisconsin’s voting deadline, and Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, has been moved to intensive care.

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Boris Johnson Hospitalized as Queen Urges British Resolve in Face of Epidemic

Soon after Queen Elizabeth’s rare speech, the government said the prime minister, who is infected with coronavirus, had been admitted for tests.

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Queen Urges Britons to Pull Together as Nation Charts an Uncertain Course

Elizabeth, sequestered at Windsor Castle, offered encouragement in a statement. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after a week of mixed messages, hewed to mostly voluntary curbs.

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