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Queen Elizabeth Admitted to London Hospital

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Queen Elizabeth has been admitted to a London hospital Sunday as a precaution after experiencing symptoms of a stomach bug, according to a Buckingham Palace spokesperson.

The 86-year-old monarch is being assessed for symptoms of gastroenteritis at King Edward VII hospital in London.

All official engagements for this week, including the Queen's trip to Rome, will be either postponed or cancelled as a precaution, the palace said.

Queen Elizabeth is said to be in good spirits and is expected to be in the hospital for two days.

Gastroenteritis is an infection that causes inflammation of the stomach lining and intestines. Symptoms can include vomiting, fever and a stomach ache.

The queen's sickness was first announced on Friday, and she spent Saturday resting at Windsor Castle, just outside of London.

Queen Elizabeth rarely misses engagements due to illness. She was last hospitalized ten years ago when she underwent keyhole surgery on her knees.

In 2012, the monarch marked 60 years on the throne with a massive Diamond Jubilee celebration.

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Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Message to Be Broadcast in 3D

Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth’s annual royal Christmas message has become as traditional as Christmas itself, with families huddling around their TV sets, awaiting what her majesty has to say as she reflects on the year.

But this year is a first for the 86-year-old monarch as her Christmas day message has been filmed in 3D.  The queen watched a sneak peak preview of her broadcast wearing dark glasses complete with a Q made out of glittering Swarovski glasses worthy of a rock star.

This year, the message contains the impact of the London 2012 Olympic Games, saying “all those who saw the achievement and courage at the Olympic and Paralympic Games were further inspired by the skill, dedication, training and teamwork of our athletes.”

Just like every other Christmas, her majesty is at her Sandringham Estate with husband Prince Philip and other members of the royal family where they usually spend Christmas.  But breaking with tradition this year is Prince William and his wife Catherine, who will not be spending the festive day with them.  Instead, they’ll be at home with the prince’s in-laws, the Middleton’s, at their home in Bucklebury.

In a statement, the palace said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge plan to attend Sandringham at some point in the Christmas period.

Meanwhile, the queen is said to be recovering from a cold and was forced to miss the Sunday church service, disappointing dozens of well wishers who had gathered outside the church to catch a glimpse of her.

Prince Philip did attend the service along with some members of the royal family, including Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Set to Embark on Asia Tour

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Kate Middleton and Prince William are preparing to take their glamour and goodwill from England to the Far East in a nine-day trip that will mark a series of firsts for the young couple.

After enjoying a mini four-day vacation together at a secluded chateau in the south of France, William and Kate are now on their way to Singapore for a continuation of the Diamond Jubilee World Tour celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year of reign.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 30, will travel to four countries in just nine days, traveling from Singapore to Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and, finally, Tuvalu.

Crowds are expected to match the thousands that lined the streets for a glimpse of the couple in their first official overseas tour last June and July in North America.

One of the first stops for the couple, who celebrated their one-year anniversary in April, will be an orchid-naming ceremony at the Singapore Botanic Gardens where each will have an orchid named in their honor. They’ll also be able to view an orchid named after William’s late mother, Princess Diana, shortly before her death in 1997 and before she had a chance to view the flower herself.

On Thursday Kate will make her first official overseas speech when she addresses staff and patients at the Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

Much of the couple’s wide-ranging itinerary was said to have been personally selected by William’s grandmother, the queen. That itinerary will include William and Kate visiting a rainforest, embarking on a war canoe journey, visiting a local school and university and attending a youth conference, among other things.

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Diamond Jubilee: Queen Attends Derby as Celebrations Begin

John Stillwell-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It was a day at the races for the royal family today as Diamond Jubilee celebrations kicked off, honoring the 60 years Queen Elizabeth has spent on the throne.

The four-day festivities officially began with a 41-gun salute by the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery at Horse Guards Parade in central London.

The 86-year-old monarch waved to well-wishers lining the streets as she was driven to the Epsom racecourse to take in one of the year's biggest horse-racing events. She was accompanied by husband Prince Philip, her sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and her granddaughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

"Dancing With the Stars" runner-up Katherine Jenkins sang "God Save The Queen" before the race began.

"This is definitely a day that I will never forget," the Welsh singer told the BBC.

Queen Elizabeth watched from the royal box as a horse named Camelot won the race.

The queen, who is an avid horse breeder and racing fan, has been attending the Epsom Derby for eight decades. After the race, she presented prizes to some of the winners and chatted with jockeys and trainers while a cheering crowd waved mini Union Jacks.

Tomorrow, the monarch will lead a flotilla of 1,000 boats down the Thames River on the royal barge, which is draped in red and gold. She'll disembark at the Tower Bridge where she will watch the remainder of the floating tribute go down the river.

An estimated 20,000 well-wishers will line the banks of the river, but those at home are encouraged to share lunch with neighbors and friends as part of the celebration.

On Monday, the BBC will broadcast a concert from Buckingham Palace. At the end of the concert, Queen Elizabeth will light the national beacon. Around the country and in British commonwealths, 4,000 beacons will then be lit.

The four-day festivities will wind down on Tuesday with a Service of Thanksgiving for the queen at St. Paul's Cathedral. The monarch will close the opulent four days of celebrations by riding in a formal carriage procession.

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World-Record Attempts Mark Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee

Comstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The upcoming 60th anniversary of the reign of England's Queen Elizabeth II will be marked with festivities and ceremony, but for some, the historic Diamond Jubilee is a good time to break strange world records -- lots of them.

Jubilee-themed attempts to break records are already under way, according to Guinness World Records. A world record was set last week for the longest line of fanfare trumpeters: 91.

Participants will ratchet up their efforts this weekend when she hits the 60-year anniversary of her coronation Saturday. People will gather at Burnham-On-Sea beach Saturday to try to beat the record for the most sandcastles built in an hour. The record is 571.

And in the village of Cheddar, located in Somerset, others will attempt to create the longest line of bunting. It’s expected to stretch 2.8 miles through the village and beyond. The record is 2.1 miles.

The Camping and Caravanning Club will attempt Monday to set a new record for most people wearing paper crowns across multiple locations.

Jubilee celebrations will be in high gear this weekend in the U.K. through Tuesday.

Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne Feb. 7, 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI.  She was crowned at Westminster Abbey June 2, 1953.

The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.

Watch ABC’s Concert for the Queen: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration With Katie Couric Tuesday, June 5, at 9 p.m. ET.

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Irish 'Terror Network' Busted As Queen's Visit Nears 

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BELFAST) -- Six alleged members of a dissident Irish Republican network have been arrested on terrorism charges in Northern Ireland since last Saturday in a joint operation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and MI5, the U.K.'s Security Service.

Though dissident Republican groups are often characterized as splinter operations with little public support, the arrests occurred in cities across Northern Ireland. British authorities also invoked two criminal charges rarely used in Northern Ireland, "directing" terrorism and "acts preparatory" to terrorism.

The arrests come just weeks before Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland, and two months before up to 900,000 visitors converge on London for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Security preparations for the summer games have included a stepped-up police presence and surface-to-air missile batteries atop residential buildings.

Three men were arrested on Saturday, May 11, and three more were arrested on Monday, May 13. The three men arrested Monday morning, aged 41, 42 and 47, were charged with conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to cause an explosion, preparation of terrorist acts and collecting information of use to terrorism. The 47-year-old was also charged with directing terrorism. They are due to appear in court tomorrow morning, at which time their names will be made public.

"Police have charged three men with a number of serious offences linked to a proactive investigation into dissident Republican terrorist activity in Northern Ireland," said the PSNI in a statement. "Officers have worked closely with colleagues in the Security Service and, latterly, with the Public Prosecution Service to reach a point where charges have been brought." The Security Service, also known as MI5, is the lead agency in terrorism investigations in Northern Ireland.

In recent years, dissident Republican groups have mounted both bombing attacks aimed at law enforcement and so-called "punishment" attacks against alleged drug dealers and criminals. Splinter groups have improved their bombmaking skills and now have the capability to detonate devices by remote control, say police.

According to U.K. press accounts, a 600-lb device found on the outskirts of Newry, Northern Ireland on April 26 "could have been set off by someone in the area with a transmitter." Police said that the device, which was left in a white Citroen Berlingo van, was "ready to go." They added that it was designed to kill and was to be detonated with a remote transmitter.

Earlier this month, the dissident Republican group Óglaigh na hÉireann is believed to have left a milk-churn bomb found on an island in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Anti-terrorist officers told the media that they believe the bomb "was hidden there in a panic as Gardaí [Irish police] carried out a major search and disrupt operation following the discovery of the Newry van bomb."

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Queen Focuses on Economy in Pageantry-Filled Speech

Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II laid out a legislative agenda focused on the economy and changes to the very body before which she spoke, Parliament, in a speech delivered Wednesday amid the pomp and pageantry befitting a royal monarch.

The queen, 86, opened her remarks, formally called the Queen's Speech and delivered annually, by saying it would be British lawmakers' "first priority … to reduce the deficit and restore economic stability."

She also laid out plans to reform the 700-year-old House of Lords, the unelected upper chamber, and introduce direct elections for its members.  Previous attempts to overhaul the body, which only can amend, not make, legislation, have failed.


The speech, the closest thing the U.K. has to the State of the Union in the United States, is a largely ceremonial speech in which the monarch reads aloud the list of bills and goals for the legislative year ahead.  The queen announced 29 items this year, including at least 15 pieces of legislation that will likely rise to the top of Britain's national agenda in the year ahead.

The speech is written by the ruling government, this year a coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

Critics of the ruling government criticized the speech for lacking ambition during challenging economic times.

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On Her Majesty's Olympic Service: 007 Opening the Summer Games

Sony PIctures(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth II has ordered an important mission for her most trusted secret agent. The UK Sun reports the queen has enlisted Daniel Craig to open the upcoming London Olympics by appearing in a short film as his character, James Bond.

According to the newspaper, in the film, the queen, who may actually appear onscreen as herself, gives 007 an order to parachute into the Olympic stadium in Stratford, East London to officially open the games on July 27.

The queen reportedly gave Craig and filmmaker Sam Mendes, who is directing the next Bond adventure Skyfall, "unprecedented" access to Buckingham Palace to shoot scenes for the film, many of which remain top secret.

The Sun reports crew members for the filmed segment, which is being called The Arrival, were sworn to secrecy, and all cellphones and cameras were banned from the set.

Fans will be seeing more of Bond leading up to Skyfall's Nov. 9 debut.  The secret agent will reportedly be seen sipping Heineken beer, not his usual vodka martinis, in spots for the brew tied into Skyfall's release, reports Advertising Age.

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Prince Harry 'Had a Gas' Representing Queen on Tour

JSN Photography/WireImage(LONDON) -- Britain’s Prince Harry says he “had a gas” on his first solo multi-nation tour for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, and actually became “choked up” seeing the way the people celebrated his grandmother’s 60 years on the throne.

Harry’s 10-day trip included stops in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Belize and Brazil.

Speaking in Brazil, the 27-year-old prince said, “I had a gas on behalf of my grandmother."

Harry told reporters, “I personally had no idea how much of an influence the Queen has on all these countries, which is, to me, very humbling...I was actually quite, I was quite choked up at times, seeing the way that they celebrated her 60 years.”

The Telegraph reports Prince Harry will now return to his military career, and is expected to be deployed to Afghanistan within the year.

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Kate Middleton Helped Queen Kick Off Diamond Jubilee Tour

Paul Edwards-WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Kate Middleton stepped out with the queen Thursday, helping the monarch officially kick off her Diamond Jubilee tour in celebration of 60 years on the throne.

The 30-year-old Duchess of Cambridge joined the queen on a jam-packed day of public events in the English city of Leicester, where crowds of well-wishers lined the streets waving flags, toting flowers and gifts for the royals.

The pair, along with Prince Philip, arrived in Leicester after an hour-long train ride from London's St. Pancras station and made their first stop at De Montfort University, where they watched a dance performance. Then the ladies headed to a student fashion show at the university.

Prince Philip skipped out on the show, paying a visit instead to a university-organized program called the Square Mile Project, which supports the community of Leicester.

At the city's 300-year-old cathedral, where the royals attended a church service, Middleton shook hands with throngs of admirers and reportedly confided in one how she was faring without her husband Prince William, who is away in the Falkland Islands completing his Royal Air Force deployment.

According to the Sun, when asked about William, Middleton said she missed him "terribly," but that she was "being well looked after."

The final stop was a ceremony at Leicester's Clock Tower where the city unveiled a plaque in the queen's honor.

The queen will travel to Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Isle of Wight, as her Jubilee tour continues into the summer.

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