Queens Diamond Jubilee

Carlsberg Blames British Sales Slump On Soggy Summer

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK

Carlsberg, the fourth largest brewer in the world, has blamed a 3% reduction in British sales on the wash-out summer of 2012, which cancelled out the ...

The Year That Was: 2012

Carla Buzasi | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

When I wrote my end of year blog last December, in my infinite wisdom, I'm fairly sure I declared it the Year of News, impossible to surpass... However, if 2011 kept news editors across the world on their toes, I think it's fair to say 2012 certainly rose to the challenge. The difference this time? There were plenty of positives to report on, talk about and debate. And - joy, of joys - lots of it was happening on our doorstep.

A Wondrous New Year's Manifesto for a Republic of Great Britain

Chris Wickett | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Wickett

London now suffers more countries-per-monarch than any other city in Europe. This economic burden is just one of many constitutional injustices our head-of-state inflicts upon her subjects. So why did support for the monarchy reach a record high in 2012?

The Year In Factual TV: The Biggest Moments Remembered

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Dean | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Entertainment

Forget big budget films, the 'real' drama has played out across our TV screens throughout 2012. The nation has paused, rewound and recorded the best b...

20 Years Ago Today... The Windsor Castle Fire

Daley James Francis | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK
Daley James Francis

Today, 20 November is the 20th anniversary of the fire at Windsor Castle. It was a sad day in 1992 when, during refurbishment work on the 900 year old castle, a spotlight was believed to have overheated and caught fire to one of the curtains by the altar.

My Speech to the UCL Debating Society in Support of Abolishing the Monarchy

Mat Morrisroe | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics
Mat Morrisroe

The motion to abolish the monarchy won the vote in the end and sense won out.

Savour the Post-Olympics High, But Don't Be Afraid to Go Back to Being Your Cynical Self

Justin Myers | Posted 10.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Myers

The Olympics, apparently, has had the fortunate side effect of making us more human. But we didn't need fixing. We weren't devoid of compassion or community spirit; we were just looking for a way to show it.

Surely the Royal Family Has Run Its Course?

Philip Hepple | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Philip Hepple

This is not a dig at the Queen personally. She just happened to be born into this world; she didn't do anything to be put in this position, which is exactly the point.

Prince Harry's Privates

Daniel Warner | Posted 23.10.2012 | Home
Daniel Warner

Poor Prince Harry. He stepped straight out of his clothes and into a furore about badly behaved royals, the strangulation of the press and the stripping of his title; and it's all because he got a little wild in Las Vegas.

From Riot to Redemption: The Road to Recovery in the UK's Cultural Capital

Tara McEvoy | Posted 16.09.2012 | UK
Tara McEvoy

When we think back on London in the year 2012, where will we cast our minds?

Economy To Enjoy 'Indian Summer' As Inflation Falls

PA | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK

The economy failed to grow in the second quarter of 2012 but will enjoy an "Indian summer" as falling inflation helps hard-pressed households, accordi...

Do We Really Need the Monarchy?

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Why exactly are the vast majority in favour of the monarchy in this age of democracy? Has the Queen brainwashed the entire nation? Economically, there seems to be no need for a monarch.

OBE For Gary Barlow?

WENN | Posted 09.06.2012 | UK Entertainment

Gary Barlow's hard work organising the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert is about to pay off - she's reportedly making him an Officer of the Most Excell...

Did A Sex Offender Celebrate With The Queen?

PA | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK

A convicted sex offender joined senior members of the Royal Family on their barge during the Diamond Jubilee pageant, it was revealed on Thursday. ...

Born and Bred...

Alexandra Burke | Posted 06.08.2012 | Home
Alexandra Burke

Wow! What a weekend for London! I've never seen it so busy! It was like a sea of Union Jacks everywhere and all I could see were people in red, white and blue! it's nice to see the country come together for things like this...

PHOTO: The Jubilee Flotilla Moment You Might Have Missed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.06.2012 | UK Comedy

The Queen proves she's queen of the world! Picture by David Schneider....

Jon Stewart Mocks Piers Morgan's Jubilee Coverage

The Independent | Posted 06.06.2012 | UK Comedy

There was no doubting Piers Morgan’s breathless enthusiasm for Sunday’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla. But the broadcaster’s hyperbolic commentary fo...


Posted 06.06.2012 | Home

They claimed they were 'too busy' to perform for the Queen, but it sounds like the Spice Girls - or three fifths of them at least - are regretting blo...

Spice Girls Regret Diamond Jubilee Gig Snub

WENN | Posted 05.06.2012 | Home

The Spice Girls are regretting their decision to turn down the chance to perform at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert after watching the sp...

UK Markets Set For Jubilee Hangover As FTSE Set To Plummet

PA | Posted 05.08.2012 | UK

Weak economic data on the continent highlighted the underlying problems in the eurozone today, setting up the London market for a Diamond Jubilee hang...

Queen To Broadcast Rare Message For Diamond Jubilee

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK

The Queen is to give a rare special broadcast this evening, transmitted on television radio and YouTube, to give thanks for this weekend's Diamond Jub...

Unemployed Bussed In To Steward River Pageant

The Guardian | Posted 04.08.2012 | UK

A group of long-term unemployed jobseekers were bussed into London to work as unpaid stewards during the diamond jubilee celebrations and told to slee...

The Great British Film Farce

Larry Jaffee | Posted 04.08.2012 | UK Entertainment
Larry Jaffee

Why is it that all this Union Jack-waving during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee doesn't mean squat at the British cinema box office?

Pageant Reaches End Of The River With A Bang

PA | Posted 03.06.2012 | UK

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee river pageant reached its end as the 1,000-strong flotilla passed under Tower Bridge. The belfry carrying The Royal Jub...

The Monarchy Makes Britain a Prisoner of Its Past

George Chesterton | Posted 03.08.2012 | UK Politics
George Chesterton

"Even the most ardent republicans respect the Queen". And with that statement so ends the debate. Ardent or otherwise, it is tough enough to get a discussion about ending the monarchy going, let alone begin a process that would actually bring about its demise. Conservatives, lower and upper-case c, appear to have this one sewn up as most of Great Britain celebrates her diamond jubilee, during which affection for the person will overwhelm any doubts about the institution. Not only is 'respect for the Queen' the default position in the media and politics, but in a recession the idea of something as unsettling as ending the monarchy can be dismissed as a waste of money and a priority of abyssal insignificance. However, in the long term it is anything but.