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By Gregory Katz The Associated Press

Royal retreat of Windsor prepares to party for Harry, Meghan

WINDSOR, England — Few towns are as stereotypically English as Windsor, the bucolic riverside locale where Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will get married on May 19.

And few towns are as pleasing when a warm spring sun bakes off the morning mist. Even the plump white swans on the Thames seem relieved that the long, hard winter is over.

Calls to cancel Trump visit to UK put queen in tough spot

LONDON — Growing calls to cancel President Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain have put Queen Elizabeth II ‚Äî who would host the U.S. president in a difficult position.

In Britain’s constitutional monarchy, the queen invites foreign leaders to state visits regarded as a great honour on the advice of Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

May makes undiplomatic figure top UK diplomat

LONDON — Britain’s new top diplomat is shaggy-haired, Latin-spouting Boris Johnson, who in recent months has made insulting and vulgar comments about the presidents of the United States and Turkey.

And those are just his recent gaffes.

When Johnson returned to his London home after the appointment, a neighbour had placed a sign next to Johnson’s house saying: “SORRY WORLD.”

Britain prepares to mark queen’s official 90th birthday

LONDON — Bells rang in celebration from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London Friday to mark the start of the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

The queen’s milestone birthday is being marked with a three-day series of festivities that will include solemn religious events and street parties in many towns and cities.