Photos: All the queen's presidents
June 2nd, 2012
09:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Photos: All the queen's presidents

(CNN) - Since Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952, 10 U.S. presidents have been elected. The UK's queen has met all of them, with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Obama's toast to the queen interrupted by the orchestra
May 24th, 2011
07:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama's toast to the queen interrupted by the orchestra

LONDON (CNN) - President Barack Obama's toast to Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday was interrupted when the orchestra at the state dinner began playing "God Save the Queen" before Obama finished.

Following the queen's toast to him and the playing of the U.S. national anthem, Obama began his toast by thanking her and commenting on her reign and the close ties between their countries. The president then asked the guests to stand and join him in toasting the queen.

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September 17th, 2010
08:01 AM ET
4 years ago

Firebrand protestants, gay rights campaigners among protesters

Edinburgh, Scotland (CNN) – Pope Benedict XVI received a warm welcome at the beginning of his historic state visit to Britain, despite the efforts of a colorful array of protesters in Scotland's capital to remind him of the Church's woes.

After the formal grandeur of his meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at her Holyrood Palace residence in Edinburgh, the pontiff was cheered by thousands of well-wishers along Princes Street, the city's main thoroughfare, as he was shuttled along in the distinctive "popemobile."

But on the opposite side of the castle, where Edinburgh's Georgian New Town gives away to its medieval Old Town, a familiar foe of the Catholic Church arrived at an austere church close to the Grassmarket - where criminals were once publicly hanged - to make his feelings known.

For Ian Paisley, the firebrand politician and staunchly protestant founder of the Free Presbyterian church in Northern Ireland, the meeting place was a statement in itself. The Magdalen Chapel is the headquarters of the
Scottish Reformation Society where John Knox once preached against Catholicism. Knox is widely thought of as the founding father of the Protestant Reformation
in Scotland.

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