Queen Elizabeth II and royal family members watch from a balcony at Buckingham Palace during her annual birthday parade in June. Chris Jackson/Getty Images hide caption

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By law, all wild swans in Great Britain belong to Queen Elizabeth. Alpha/Landov hide caption

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British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif deliver a joint news conference following their meeting in Tehran, on Sunday, as the British embassy is reopened after being shuttered for nearly four years. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA/Landov hide caption

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The Bank of England in London in a photograph taken in March. The central bank inadvertently revealed that it was planning for a possible withdrawal of the U.K. from the European Union. Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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The headless, reclining sculpture of the river god Ilissos is on display at the State Hermitage Museum as part of its 250th anniversary celebration in St. Petersburg in December. The sculpture, taken from the Parthenon in Athens 200 years ago, was on loan to Russia from the British Museum. Grigory Dukor/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Chagossians weep at the grave of their parents on Peros Banos Island April 10, 2006. Fifteen elders are allowed to visit once a year. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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British Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on April 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. Britain goes to the polls in a general election on May 7. But campaign slogans and speeches — from Cameron and his rivals — won't carry many references to international affairs. WPA Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Windsor Castle, home to the British monarchy for hundreds of years, was built by William the Conqueror in the 1070s, according to the monarchy's official website. W. Buss/De Agostini/Getty Images hide caption

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A statue of the scales of justice stands above the Old Bailey, the courthouse where many high-profile libel cases are tried, in London. The U.K. is a popular place for libel cases to be filed because of laws that make it difficult for journalists or the media to prevail. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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A Lego model of All Souls Church rests on the altar, which was retained when the Bolton, England, church was renovated into an interfaith community center. The model was built by children taking part in an after-school program there. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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