Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech during a State Banquet at the Schloss Bellevue Palace on the second day of a four day State Visit in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Guido Bergmann/Getty Images. 1:54

Queen Elizabeth II has warned of the dangers of a divided Europe hours before her prime minister, David Cameron, presents his reform proposals for the(...)

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pass the Brandenburg Gate during the British monarch’s visit to Berlin. Photograph: Stephanie Pilick/EPA 1:25

For decades, British visitors to Germany followed Basil Fawlty’s example and used every opportunity to not mention the war – by mentioning the war. Wh(...)

Nicola Russell who passed away at the Marie Curie hospice in Belfast on Monday after living with cancer since 2007. Photograph: William Cherry/Pacemaker

The Belfast-based artist Nicola Russell has died aged 51. The painter passed away peacefully at the Marie Curie hospice in Belfast on Monday after li(...)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, talk as they attend a service to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta at Runnymede near Windsor, west of London. Photograph: Steve Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

The Magna Carta’s symbolic role as the touchstone for human rights and modern democracy was celebrated by one of Britain’s leading judges as the count(...)

A Royal Mail commemorative stamp from a set marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Photograph: PRESS ASSOCIATION

‘I’m the commander, see,” George Bush insisted in 2003.”I don’t need to explain – I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting th(...)

Van Morrison: one of the 85 recipients from  Northern Ireland  who will be honoured by Queen Elizabeth. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

East Belfast-born Van Morrison is to be knighted for services to the music industry. The singer-songwriter was named in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday hon(...)

According to reports, BBC protocols for what will happen in the aftermath of the Queen’s death include a suspension of all comedy programmes across all BBC channels until after the funeral, apparently pencilled in for 12 days after her passing. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

In times of national mourning, you’ve got to laugh, unless you’re watching the BBC and Queen Elizabeth has just died, which she hasn’t. But when she d(...)

He is 94 years old on June 10th. He is married to one of the most famous women on the planet (no, not Kim Kardashian) and he costs the British taxp(...)

Sir James Galway, a world-renowned flautist, said Ian Paisley snr was indirectly responsible for some deaths during the Troubles in a BBC Radio Ulster interview. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ian Paisley snr’s family has sought legal advice after Sir James Galway suggested the late former first minister was indirectly responsible for some o(...)

Queen Elizabeth II.  Buckingham Palace took the unusual step of confirming a private medical visit, undertaken by the Queen, following speculation on social media about the state of the monarch’s health. Photograph: Stuart C Wilson/PA Wire

The BBC has apologised after a dummy tweet claiming the Queen Elizabeth was being “treated” in hospital was posted on the internet by mistake. The twe(...)