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Ricky Gervais Defends Queen Elizabeth Over Nazi Salute Image


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Ricky Gervais has defended Queen Elizabeth II after a British tabloid published photographs of the monarch doing a Nazi style salute in 1933, when she was seven years old. Gervais took to Twitter to criticise The Sun for not providing a context for the image, taken from a 17-second home video footage, and further emphasised the Queen’s young age when she was captured doing this now unacceptable gesture.

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais at the Netflix Screening of Derek at the Paley Center in New York.

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Royal visit Dagenham

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip - The Queen and Prince Philip visit the Broardway Theatre during their official engagement to Barking and Dagenham - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 16th July 2015

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
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Royal visit Dagenham

Queen Elizabeth II - The Queen and Prince Philip visit the Chadwell Heath Community Centre during their official engagement to Barking and Dagenham - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 16th July 2015

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Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh - The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit the Broadway Theatre during their engagement in Dagenham and Barking. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 16th July 2015

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh
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Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh - The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh the Broadway Theatre during their engagement in Dagenham and Barking. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 16th July 2015

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Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh - The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit Chadwell Heath Community Centre and the Broadway Theatre during their engagement in Dagenham and Barking. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 16th July 2015

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Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh

Royal Princess Named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace Announces


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The Royal Princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace announced on Monday (4th May). Charlotte, who is fourth in line to the throne, will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Princess CharlotteThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte outside the Lindon Wing on Saturday (2nd May).

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Kristin Scott Thomas Is Named A Dame Ahead Of Royal Role In 'The Audience'


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Kristin Scott Thomas has finally received her long-awaited and very well-deserved Damehood from Queen Elizabeth II at at Buckingham Palace, ahead of her role as the monarch herself in West End stage drama 'The Audience' in which she will star in April.

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Kristin Scott Thomas finally becomes a dame

The Academy Award nominated actress became Dame Kristin Scott Thomas for her services to drama this week, and revealed to the Queen herself upon her honour that she is set to play her in upcoming stage show 'The Audience'. 'She asked me what I was doing next, so I had to tell her and she said it would be quite a challenge', the 54-year-old told BBC reporters

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Helen Mirren Brings The Queen To Broadway In Speculative Drama 'The Audience' [Photos]


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Dame Helen Mirren returns as Queen Elizabeth II as she brings her hit West End political play 'The Audience' over the pond to Broadway; and, without exaggeration, once again proves to be the most convincing queen ever seen on either stage or screen.

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Helen Mirren at 'The Audience' opening after party (Credit: Jemal Countess at Getty Images Entertainment)

Helen Mirren has that kind of noble demeanour that commands respect on entering a room, never mind a stage or film set. So it's no wonder that she was selected to reprise her role as the current Queen of England in speculative political theatre drama 'The Audience' - a show which explores the monarchs varying relationships with different Prime Ministers, including the only female PM Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, Winston Churchill and current PM David Cameron.

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Kate Middleton To Cheer On Tour De France Teams At Opening Ceremony


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Cycling is certainly the sport du jour and is gripping the nation with Britons out on their bikes enjoying the warmer weather and planning Tour de France parties. The Royal family have certainly caught the fever too and Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry will be attending the opening ceremony of the Tour de France in Yorkshire on 5th July. 

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Prince William and Kate Middleton will be at the start of the Tour de France.

The Royal trio, as Hello reports, will be at the starting line to lend their support to the 22 teams which are competing in the 2272 mile long cycling race. Although the teams are starting in Yorkshire, they will race through Belgium, Spain before finally finishing in Paris on 27th July. 

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Angelina Jolie, Daniel Day Lewis & Dame Maggie Smith Receive Queen's Birthday Honours


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The Queen's Birthday Honours List consists of 1149 people including Angelina Jolie and Daniel Day-Lewis. Day- Lewis has received a knighthood and Jolie has been made an honorary dame. Whilst Maggie Smith has received another honour in addition to being a Dame, namely Companion of Honour. 

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Daniel Day-Lewis' three Oscars for Best Actor were mentioned in the List.

Day-Lewis has received a knighthood for his services to the performing arts and his long, successful and prolific career. In the statement, released alongside the list on Friday (13th June), Day-Lewis' three Oscars for Best Actor are mentioned in addition to his performances for which he received the awards: My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln. The statement also mentioned his role in My Beautiful Launderette which "began a reputation for fully exploring his characters, engaging himself physically, psychologically and emotionally."

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Celebrity Break-Ins And Crazed Fans: When Fans Break Into Celebrity Homes


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Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock has just recently discovered how far some fans will go to come into contact with their idols as a man broke into her Beverly Hills home in the early hours on Tuesday. Since being arrested, the man who has been identified as Joshua Corbett who is aged 39 and resides in the San Fernando valley, Los Angeles.

Sandra Bullock At The DGA AwardsA man broke into Bullock's Beverly Hills home while she was inside.

Despite the apparent exclusivity and subsequent security that Beverly Hills affords inhabitants, Bullock’s run-in with the obsessive fan proves that they will often go to ridiculous measures in order to gain recognition from the subject of their adoration. It also presents a worrying security concern as a lapse in mental health often fuels these celebrity obsessions. Most famously, John Hinckley Jr’s assassination attempt on then President, Ronald Raegan, was seen by Hinckley as a way of courting the attention of actress Jodie Foster. But to have a fan invade one’s personal space and most intimate of dwellings is a unsettling notion for most people, never mind those of the celebrity calibre. Here are a selection of unfortunate celebs who’ve been subject to break-ins, robberies and warped fans who got a little too close for comfort.

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Wet Hot American Summer Rumored For Netflix as Sub Service Takes 'The Crown'


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In a constant bid to dominate the ever-changing streaming-subscription landscape, Netflix are ordering their first British original drama, The Crown, a series inspired by the life of The Queen of England, while Wet Hot American Summer may be adapted into a prequel series.

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The Crown is set to be a mammoth 20 episodes in length, with reports suggesting that Netflix will be laying down £5m per episode. "What our members love watching most and what we have focused on with our own series are highly-serialised stories," Netflix's spokesman for Europe, Joris Evers told the BBC last month.

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Netflix Invests In £100M Queen Elizabeth Series 'The Crown'


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Netflix has lined up a new £100 million dollar epic series about the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Entitled The Crown, the original programme concept will chart the British figurehead's six decades spent on the throne and will be inspired by Peter Morgan's play, The Audience. Morgan, who also directed 2006's Oscar-winning The Queen, will be teaming up with Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry to make the new series.

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Queen Elizabeth II Is The Inspiration For A New Netflix Epic Charting Six Decades Of Her Rule.

Helen Mirren famously played the monarch in the film and the play but it is currently unclear whether she will return to claim the role for the TV series. Instead, at least three other actors are reportedly being considered for the part.

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Celebrities Blossom & Bloom At Chelsea Flower Show VIP Preview [Pictures]


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Following a week of sultry temperate and – for Britain – near tropical climes, the celebrities were out en masse to take in the sights at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday (19th May).

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Alan Titchmarsh standing outside his garden installation.

The annual flower show, which is held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, attracted a vast array of famous faces. The Queen made her yearly visit to the show and found herself wandering through trenches, in a garden created to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. The ‘No Man’s Land’ garden, features a crater hole as a pond which acts as a stark reminder of the damage made to, not only the soldiers embroiled in the conflict, but the land on which they fought.

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