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Controversy as Spain's ex-king accused of getting tax amnesty

Madrid - Spain's prime minister said Tuesday he could not reveal who got a tax amnesty six years ago after the former mistress of Spain's ex-king Juan Carlos alleged he benefited from the measure.

Former Spanish king's ex-mistress says he laundered money

Madrid - Spain's former king Juan Carlos is once again in the spotlight after his former mistress claimed he was involved in money laundering, sparking calls for an investigation.

Japan's ill emperor cancels duties for second day

Apo - Japan's ageing Emperor Akihito cancelled his official duties for a second day Tuesday, after being treated for insufficient blood supply to the brain.

'Under the weather' Queen skips engagement in London

London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II cancelled an engagement in London on Thursday because she is "feeling under the weather", Buckingham Palace said in a rare change to her schedule.

Prince William visits flashpoint Jerusalem mosque compound

Jerusalem - Prince William visited Jerusalem's super-sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Thursday as he wrapped up a landmark Middle East tour during which he has tiptoed through the region's diplomatic minefield.

In West Bank, Prince William speaks of Palestinian 'country'

Ramallah - Britain's Prince William found himself on diplomatic thin ice during a visit to the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Wednesday when he called the Palestinian Territories a "country".

Prince William takes a stroll with Israel Eurovision queen

Apo - Britain's Prince William took a stroll along one of Tel Aviv's hippest boulevards Wednesday with the flamboyant Israeli winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Britain's Prince William visits Israel Holocaust memorial

Jerusalem - Prince William honoured Holocaust victims and met Israeli leaders Tuesday as he began the first official visit by a British royal to both Israel and the Palestinian territories, at a time of heightened tensions.

Prince William watches England thrash Panama in replay

Apo - As England thrashed Panama 6-1 on Sunday Prince William, the president of the Football Association, was flying into Jordan for a historic Middle East tour.

Prince Hussein: Jordan's fast-rising royal heir

Apo - A Western-educated trainee helicopter pilot with a huge Instagram following, Jordan's 23-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah has emerged as the fresh-faced future of the desert kingdom's monarchy.

Britain's Prince William in Jordan for historic Middle East tour

Apo - Prince William flew in to Jordan on Sunday at the launch of a Middle East tour that will see him become the first British royal to pay official visits to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Britain's Prince William on historic trip to Israel and West Bank

Jerusalem - Prince William will next week become the first member of Britain's royal family ever to pay an official visit to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Spain king's brother-in-law starts jail term for embezzlement

Madrid - The Spanish king's brother-in-law began a six-year jail sentence on Monday, drawing a line under a long-running corruption scandal that enraged the public and brought shame on the royal family.

Napoleon fever confirmed as hat sells for 350,000 euros

Lyon - A two-cornered military dress hat thought to have belonged to Napoleon went for 350,000 euros ($406,000) at auction on Monday, the latest sale to highlight the boundless appetite for all things associated with the emperor.

Prince Harry told Meghan's dad to 'give Trump a chance': interview

London - Meghan Markle's father Thomas on Monday said that new son-in-law Prince Harry had urged him to give President US Donald Trump "a chance" in comments likely to cause discomfort for the royal family.

Spanish king's brother-in-law jailed over graft conviction

Madrid - The Spanish king's brother-in-law was jailed Monday after losing an appeal against a graft conviction, the prison authorities said.

Thai king granted full ownership of crown billions

Bangkok - Thailand's king has been granted full ownership of the palace's multi-billion dollar assets under a law passed last year, according to a rare "explanatory note" published by the financial arm of the powerful but secretive monarchy.

Marie Antoinette's exquisite jewels up for auction

Geneva - Diamonds and pearls that once belonged to French King Louis XVI's Queen Marie-Antoinette and have never been seen in public are to go on sale.

Spanish king's brother-in-law: Olympic glory to royal shame

Madrid - A tall and dapper former handball player with two Olympic medals to his name, Inaki Urdangarin went from "ideal son-in-law" to the black sheep of Spain's royal family when he landed in court in a corruption case.

Spain king's brother-in-law loses graft appeal, faces jail

Madrid - The Spanish king's brother-in-law was sentenced on appeal to five years and 10 months in jail on Tuesday for embezzling millions of euros, the Supreme Court said, in a sensational case that shamed the royals.

Spain king's brother-in-law loses appeal, gets 5 years for graft

Madrid - The Spanish king's brother-in-law was on Tuesday sentenced on appeal to five years and 10 months for syphoning off millions of euros in a case that has shamed the royals, the Supreme Court said.

Britain's Prince Philip turns 97 in characteristic no-fuss style

London - Britain's royal patriarch Prince Philip, turns 97 on Sunday, his first birthday since retiring after a lifetime of public service.

Japan's emperor-to-be celebrates wedding anniversary

Apo - Japan's crown prince marked his silver wedding anniversary Saturday by pledging to uphold the country's royal traditions when he succeeds his father next year.

Queen honours Emma Thompson, Kenny Dalglish

Actress Emma Thompson and football legend Kenny Dalglish were on Friday named in Queen Elizabeth II's honours list, but survivors and emergency responders to the Grenfell Tower disaster were notably absent as the first anniversary of the fire approache...

Britain goes wild for Burgundy wine served at royal wedding

Dijon - A Chardonnay from a small vineyard in France's Burgundy region been flying off the shelves in Britain after wine lovers learned that it was served at last month's wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Spanish royals to visit United States next week

Madrid - Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will head to the United States next week and meet with President Donald Trump at the White House, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Dutch Queen Maxima's younger sister dead in Argentina

Den Haag - Dutch Queen Maxima's younger sister has died in Buenos Aires, "most likely as a result of suicide", the Dutch Royal House and media reports said Thursday.

Brazilian royal says monarchy would fix country's chaos

Rio De Janeiro - Even if many may not take it seriously, Dom Bertrand de Orleans y Branganca is a very serious man and at 77 the prince in Brazil's defunct royal line says restoration of the monarchy could resolve his country's problems.

Ex-sex worker made a dame in New Zealand honours list

Wellington - A former sex worker was made a dame in the Queen's Birthday honours list in New Zealand on Monday, in recognition of her services to the sex industry.

Royal wedding guests cash in on official goody bag

London - Fancy getting your hands on one of the goody bags given to public guests at Saturday's wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Well you made need to break the piggy bank.
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