Queen breaks with centuries-old tradition, joins UK Cabinet meeting
NBC News: Queen Elizabeth II sat in on a UK Cabinet meeting for the 1st time during her reign Tuesday. A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said she joined the meeting after an invitation from ministers who wanted to present her with a gift celebrating her 60 years on the throne.
According to video footage, UK PM David Cameron said, “We think the last time the monarch attended the cabinet was in 1781 during the American War of Independence.”
Photo:Queen Elizabeth II takes a seat at the table between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague at a cabinet meeting in London on Dec. 18, 2012, to mark her 60 years on the throne. (Jeremy Selwyn / AFP - Getty Images)
BBC:Queen Elizabeth II and former IRA commander Martin McGuiness shook hands for the first time Wednesday, June 27. The meeting took place at an event organized by a charity that works to bring communities together. The Queen and McGuiness shook hands at a private meeting and later shook hands in public.
Photo: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness in Belfast on Wednesday. (Paul Faith / Pool via AFP - Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Northern Ireland on Tuesday to celebrate the British territory’s hard-won peace in a town that suffered one of the IRA’s worst massacres.
Catholic and Protestant leaders from across Ireland united in Enniskillen at an ecumenical service in the monarch’s honor as, outside in wind and rain, several thousand people waved Union Jack flags and banners honoring the queen.
Photo: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth accepts flowers from members of the public after she attended a Service of Thanksgiving at Saint Macartin’s Cathedralin Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, June 26. (David Moir / Reuters)
The Telegraph: A new piece of street art purporting to be from the elusive graffiti artist Banksy has appeared on a London street. The stencil of a small boy sewing Union Jack bunting is being interpreted as comment on the Queen’s impending Diamond Jubilee celebrations.