An Islamic State-inspired Uber driver attacked police with a Samurai sword outside Buckingham Palace because he hated the Queen, a court has heard.Officers bravely wrestled a 42in long blade from the hands of Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 27, after he crashed his car outside the palace, jurors were told.They feared for their lives during the “surreal” confrontation with Chowdhury, who shouted repeatedly “Allahu Akbar” (God is the greatest), the Old Bailey heard.Jurors were told how Chowdhury had left his sister a suicide note expressing his hatred for the Queen before setting out in his Toyota Prius on August 25 last year.He allegedly wrote: “Tell everyone that I love them and that they should struggle against the enemies of Allah with their lives and their property.“The Queen and her soldiers will all be in the hellfire they go to war with Muslims around the world and kill them without any mercy.“They are the enemies that Allah tells us to … [Read more...] about ‘Driver who hated Queen attacked police near Buckingham Palace with sword’
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Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan are understood to have left Windsor Castle after spending Saturday night celebrating their wedding. The royal couple married at St George's Chapel in Windsor yesterday as thousands of people lined the streets. They then went to Frogmore House for a lavish festival-themed reception party. The couple are next expected to be seen when they join Charles and Camilla on the lawns of Buckingham Palace for a Prince of Wales 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration. Details have not been released about what the couple's honeymoon plans are. But bookmaker Ladbrokes believes Namibia could be the destination, with the southwest African country 2/1 favourite, followed by neighbouring Botswana at 4/1. Tanzania is rated at 5/1, or there’s 6/1 on offer they head to a private island in the Maldives or Seychelles. Any Caribbean island is fancied at 8/1 with the bookies. Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “It's well know that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex love … [Read more...] about Harry and Meghan have left Windsor Castle after dancing night away at wedding
Among those providing the royal wedding with an injection of Hollywood glamour were the cast of Suits, the TV show that made Meghan Markle famous as an actress – including her onscreen husband Patrick J Adams. By any measure it’s quite a distance from Suits’ corporate Manhattan setting to Windsor on a early summer’s day. But that was Markle’s journey as the one time star of the ratings-winning legal drama began her new life as a member of the Royal household watched by visibly-moved members of her onscreen “family”. Adams, who played one of the show’s leads Mike Ross, was the love interest of Ms Markle’s character Rachel Zane until they both left the show in April, in a wedding scene that happily mirrored real-life events. Other Suits stars making an appearance in their finery at Windsor Castle were Gabriel Macht, Sarah Rafferty, Abigail Spencer and Gina Torres and Rick Hoffman. And while they may not be so familiar to British … [Read more...] about Meghan’s alternative ‘family’: how her Suits co-stars brought some Hollywood glamour to Windsor Castle
The Union Jack is often seen flying above the Queen's residence. But what is the difference between the Union Jack and the Union Flag? We've got the lowdown... Is it called the Union Flag or the Union Jack? The terms Union Flag and Union Jack are both technically correct for describing the national flag of the United Kingdom. The flag combines the crosses of the three countries united under one Sovereign, and consists of three heraldic crosses. The cross of St George, patron saint of England, is a red cross on a white background. After James I succeeded to the throne, it was combined with the cross of St Andrew in 1606. The cross saltire of St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, is a diagonal white cross on a blue ground. The cross saltire of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, is a diagonal red cross on a white ground. The Irish cross was combined with the flags of St George and St Andrew following the Act of Union of Ireland with England and Wales, and Scotland on 1 January 1801. This … [Read more...] about Is it the Union Flag or the Union Jack, where did the name come from and when is it raised over Buckingham Palace?
Prince Philip is 'comfortable and in good spirits' after coming out of surgery for a hip replacement operation. The 96-year-old is expected to be kept in hospital for several days as he recovers from surgery - which was done under general anaesthetic. The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone yesterday after it is believed his hip had been bothering him for around a month. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation. He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage. "His Royal Highness is likely to remain in hospital for several days. He is comfortable and in good spirits. "Further updates will be issued when appropriate." Philip travelled to the King Edward VII Hospital in London yesterday ahead of the operation, Buckingham Palace said. The Queen remained at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, however received regular updates on her husband’s condition. The duke’s hip … [Read more...] about Buckingham Palace gives update on Prince Philip after his operation