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Videographic presenting the British royal family. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will make their last official appearance as senior royals on Monday, joining Queen Elizabeth II for an event in London before they set off on their own.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Harry, Meghan quit royal front line in shock move | AFP

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan stunned the British monarchy on Wednesday by quitting as front-line members — reportedly without first consulting Queen Elizabeth II. In a shock announcement, the couple said they would spend time in North America and rip up long-established relations with the press.

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Boris Johnson arrives at Buckingham Palace to be confirmed as PM | AFP

Boris Johnson leaves his office and arrives at Buckingham Palace to be confirmed as Prime Minister after his predecessor Theresa May formally tendered her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II. IMAGES

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Boris Johnson a ‘disaster for Scotland’, some Glasgow residents say | AFP

Newly-selected UK Prime Minister-to-be Boris Johnson will be a ‘disaster for Scotland’ and the United Kingdom, some residents of Glasgow say. Johnson is expected to be confirmed as prime minister on Wednesday when his predecessor Theresa May formally tenders her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II.

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D-DAY, June 6, 1944 | AFP Animé

Videographic locating the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944. US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II and 300 veterans are to gather on the south coast of England on Wednesday as part of events marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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D-Day commemorations: crowds gather ahead of ceremony in Portsmouth | AFP

Crowds gather in Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, for a poignant ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day with US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II and 300 veterans attending. IMAGES

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Dutch and British royals head to Buckingham Palace

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima head to Buckingham Palace by royal procession with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles during a state visit aimed at strengthening the countries’ ties. IMAGES

Queen ‘lucky’ that Mirren played her

On Chaplin gala red carpet, Taylor Hackford says Queen Elizabeth II was lucky his wife Helen Mirren portrayed her. Mirren, who was being honored at the event, said she will be watching the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle later this month. (May 1)

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Gun Salute To Celebrate Queen’s 92nd Birthday

Special gun salutes were staged close to London’s iconic Tower Bridge and in Hyde Park on Saturday to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 92nd birthday. (April 21)

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ShowBiz Minute: Spielberg, Dafoe, Queen Elizabeth II

Steven Spielberg is the latest star to donate money to end gun violence campaign; Willem Dafoe collects lifetime achievement award at Berlin Film Festival; Queen Elizabeth II attends her first London Fashion Week catwalk show. (Feb. 21)

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Britain’s political system

The United Kingdom is a parliamentary democracy: government is voted into power by the people, to act in their interests. The UK is also a constitutional monarchy, although Queen Elizabeth II has limited powers and is politically impartial. The countdown to a British General election starts with the prime minister paying a ceremonial visit to the Queen, to formalise the dissolution of parliament.VIDEOGRAPHIC