Shinzo Abe funeral: Japan holds controversial state funeral for assassinated leader

Tokyo CNN — Japan bids farewell to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in an elaborate state funeral Tuesday, despite public opposition to the cost of the event as the country grapples with their late leader’s legacy. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot dead during a campaign speech in Nara in July, stunning a nation … Read more

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral: Britain bids farewell to monarch with an outpouring of emotion

London CNN — Britain bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday with a majestic funeral steeped in tradition and a send-off reflective of the broad popularity she managed to retain over her remarkable seven-decade reign. Royal family members and dignitaries gathered at Westminster Abbey for a somber service. Presidents, prime ministers, princes and princesses, … Read more

What’s open, what’s closed on the day of the Queen’s funeral

London CNN Business — Much of Britain came to a standstill on Monday for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The government declared the day an official holiday to allow people to pay their respects, meaning that all banks, the London Stock Exchange (LSE), public offices and most businesses were shut. The short notice — … Read more

President Biden, first lady arrives for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived Monday to pay their final respects to late UK monarch Queen Elizabeth II — after getting stuck en route in standstill traffic. The presidential limousine, nicknamed “The Beast,” pulled up in front of the 13th-century Westminster Abbey, and the 79-year-old president and his 71-year-old wife exited and … Read more

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is going to be a TV event of a lifetime for many. But could it be one of the last great events of the TV era?

CNN Business — The BBC credits Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 as the “event that did more than any other to make television a mainstream medium.” Fitting, then, that her funeral on Monday marks the end of TV’s dominance that started when she came to the throne. Back then, the lack of TV sets … Read more

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral: London braces itself for massive security operation

London CNN — London police chiefs and medics are bracing themselves for a security nightmare at the Queen’s funeral on Monday as they balance the need to protect the world’s top leaders and dignitaries with the public’s desire to mourn their much-loved monarch. Some have compared the event in scale to the London Olympics, but … Read more

Hospital appointments, flights and hotels canceled as Britain grapples with how to pay tribute to the Queen

London CNN — As Britain grinds to a national standstill ahead of Monday’s funeral for Queen Elizabeth II, it is grappling with an uncomfortable conundrum: what should, and what shouldn’t, be canceled out of respect for the monarch? Sporting fixtures and cultural events have been almost entirely suspended on Monday, the day of UK’s first … Read more

Queen Elizabeth: King Charles and his siblings hold vigil beside their mother’s coffin

CNN — King Charles III and his siblings Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward held a brief vigil beside Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Hall on Friday, joining members of the military who have mounted a continuous watch over her remains for the past two days. Standing quietly, their heads bowed, the King … Read more

Prince Harry brushes off military uniform snub ahead of Queen’s funeral

Prince Harry will be wearing a morning suit to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral after he was barred from wearing his military uniform. “Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex will wear a morning suit throughout events honoring his grandmother,” a spokesperson for the Sussexes said in a statement to Page Six on Tuesday. “His decade of … Read more