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Queen makes veteran a knight at 100

In the end, Sir Tom didn't need to rise.

On a day infused with emotion, Queen Elizabeth II tapped the blade of a sword once owned by her father on the slender shoulders of 100-year-old Tom Moore, making a hero of a nation a knight of the realm Friday.

Moore captivated the British public by walking 100 laps of his garden in England and raising some 33 million pounds ($40 million) for the National Health Service in April. The queen knighted him with the traditional sword tap, but the World War II was not required to take a knee before the monarch.

Instead, Moore steadied himself against his now-famous walker and wheeled himself across the grass to stand in front of Elizabeth.

The ceremony was staged outside of Windsor Castle west of London, where the 94-year old queen has been sheltering during the COVID-19 pandemic alongside her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Princess Beatrice marries in private ceremony

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Princess Beatrice got married in a private ceremony Friday, with her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in attendance, Buckingham Palace said Friday.Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor. The monarch, the Duke of Edinburgh and other close family members attended.

Guidelines in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 were followed, the palace said.

Beatrice, the daughter of Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah Ferguson, had originally planned to marry the property tycoon on May 29 in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace. The ceremony was postponed because of the pandemic.

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Friday's ceremony had not been announced and images of the ceremony were not immediately released.

The families of the newlyweds have known one another for many years. The pair are said to have started a relationship after meeting again at the wedding of Beatrice's sister, Princess Eugenie.

Foreign correspondent Christopher Dickey dies

Christopher Dickey, a veteran foreign correspondent and author who was a Paris-based editor for The Daily Beast, has died.

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The Daily Beast reports that he died Thursday at 68.

The son of novelist James Dickey, he also worked for The Washington Post and Newsweek in a globe-trotting reporting career that took him through Central America, the Middle East and Europe.

His work also appeared in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and The New Republic. Dickey was the author of "Saving the City," about the New York City Police Department's counter-terrorism unit, and "Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South," published in 2015.

He was a consummate reporter, and mentor to a generation of journalists who followed him, Barbie Latza Nadeau, a Rome-based correspondent for The Daily Beast, wrote in Dickey's obituary.

"He was truly the best reporter I ever met — friends to spymasters and sheikhs, cardinals and cops, insurgents and intellectuals — and all he ever wanted was for anyone he mentored to try to beat him to a source," she wrote.

Today's birthdays: Actress Sally Ann Howes ("Chitty Chitty Bang Bang") is 90. Bassist John Lodge of the Moody Blues is 77. Keyboardist Mick McNeil of Simple Minds is 62. Actor Dean Winters ("30 Rock," Mayhem in Allstate commercials) is 56. Actress Sandra Oh is 49. Model Gisele Bundchen is 40. Dancer-country singer Julianne Hough ("Dancing with the Stars") is 32.

— The Associated Press


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