This week's UK news: 25 May 2016
25 May 2016

Manchester United's busy weekend

On Saturday, Manchester United won the English FA Cup competition. But in the closing moments of the match, the news started to come out that the winning manager, Louis van Gaal, wasn't staying at the club. Instead, there was news that Jose Mourinho, who has managed other clubs including Chelsea, was going to take over. 


Queen Elizabeth I's most famous portrait for sale

The first Queen Elizabeth is one of the UK's most famous figures. She ruled in the 16th century at a time when women were not expected to perform demanding roles. Under her rule, Britain fought off an invasion from Spain.

Now a portrait of the Queen is for sale. It belonged to the explorer Sir Francis Drake, a favourite of the Queen, and has ben passed down through his family. Now the family want to sell it for GBP 10 and there is a campaign to buy it for the UK.

The picture is a very famous one, with an image of the Queen which is used in many books and films. She is wearing a grand dress, with a huge lace collar. Her hand is on the Americas on a globe (which had just been colonised by England) and there are scenes of the recent battle against the Spanish navy behind her.


London is all about gardens

The Chelsea Flower Show is one of the big events of the year. It is held in Chelsea, London, and features lots of specially made gardens which are competing to win a prize. This year they include one inspired by maths, an old-fashioned train carriage, one inspired by a stained glass window, and one designed around garden sheds. The show this year also includes a display of 300,000 red poppies made from wool, to remember people who died in wartime.


Adele signs GBP 90m contract

Reports say that singer Adele has singed a contract with Sony which is worth GBP 90m. If this is correct, it is the biggest record deal in history.

Adele was the world's best-selling artist last year with her album 25 and singles including Hello. The album sold over 25million copies, and was sold more copies in one week than any other album since 1991. Her second album, 21, sold over 30m copies and is the most successful album of the last decade. Until now she has been on an independent UK record label, XL. 

The most valuable contract signed by a female artist in the past was when Whitney Houston got a GBP 70m deal in 2001.

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